| Jul 2, 2011
As a candidate and as governor, Rod Blagojevich loved to toss around the word "corrupt" as he heaped scorn on the business-as-usual nature of Illinois politics. So his reaction to the 2006 conviction of his predecessor, George Ryan, was totally in...
| Sep 26, 2011
The mayor of a small town that is accused of siphoning millions of sales tax dollars from Chicago and elsewhere has used his village credit card for $36,000 in purchases, dinners and trips over four years, records show.
The expenses by Channahon Mayor...
| Mar 11, 2012
There's a friend who'd like to give him one last hug. Neighbors dashing off goodbye notes. And a curious city that wants to know about how the suddenly private Rod Blagojevich is coping with his final days of freedom.
But the man who once welcomed the...
| Jul 10, 2011
As Illinois struggles to roll out video gambling machines in bars and truck stops, one of the key players setting up shop here is a master of the game in Louisiana.
Nicky Nichols grew a Louisiana video poker empire while striking up business...
| Oct 2, 2011
| 2:18 PM
The Bears' Julius Peppers had dinner with four of his former Carolina Panthers teammates, including Steve Smith, at Chicago Cut Steakhouse the night before Sunday's Bears-Panthers game at Soldier Field. Peppers also dined at Chicago Cut with nine of his...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 8:12 PM
A federal judge delivered a tongue-lashing Monday to Rod Blagojevich's legal team, repeatedly calling its motion alleging potential juror misconduct "harebrained" and threatening to hold one of the attorneys in contempt of court.
U.S. District Judge...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 5:18 AM
There’s no denying Romeo Santos can sing bachata, but the lead singer of Aventura, the self-proclaimed “Kings of Bachata,” claims dancing it is another story.
“I’m not a dancer,” Santos told me at the Park Hyatt...
| Jun 16, 2011
| 11:20 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today signed a bill into law preventing state officials from putting their name or likeness on taxpayer funded signs.
The measure was a response to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's decision years ago to plaster his name on nearly three dozen signs...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 1:27 PM
The executive director of the agency that oversees the state's troubled prepaid college tuition program was ousted today by the newly overhauled board.
One day after Gov. Pat Quinn appointed five new members, the Illinois Student Assistance...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 2:02 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — The combative and blunt-speaking John Sununu woke up Illinois’ GOP delegation on the final day of the Republican National Convention by tossing some major broadsides at President Barack Obama, even suggesting convicted influence-...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 10:01 PM
A former chief of staff for Rod Blagojevich who provided crucial assistance to investigators was sentenced Wednesday to a mere 10 days in prison by a federal judge who reserved his harshest comments instead for the former governor, suggesting he was an...
| Jul 15, 2011
While the political adage holds that to the winner go the spoils, under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, even some losers have done very well.
Take Dan Seals. He failed three times to win a North Shore congressional seat, and his tax returns showed he mostly...