| Jul 6, 2012
| 4:55 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Friday that lifts the state’s campaign contribution limits to candidates once big money starts flowing into a state or local political contest, a move one watchdog group decried as effectively...
| Mar 18, 2012
| 1:10 PM
"Meet my co-chair," William Shatner observed from the stage of Auditorium Theatre Friday night, whereupon a seat on wheels was flung in the general direction of the man who once flew the Starship Enterprise. Ah, such a night for cutting-edge comedy. "My...
| Sep 7, 2010
| 8:50 PM
Mayor Richard Daley's surprise announcement Tuesday that he won't stand for re-election rocked the very political foundation of a city that's come to rely on his power and virtually unchallenged leadership.
The decision also unleashed more than two...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 3:43 PM
Convicted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich will now have to clear a few more hurdles before he would even have a slight chance of collecting a $65,000-a-year state pension.
The General Assembly Retirement System board added the extra layer of scrutiny Wednesday...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 1:42 PM
Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich should be denied his $65,000-a-year pension because the corruption that is sending him to prison is clearly tied to his position in state government, the Illinois attorney general advised Thursday.
The legal opinion, delivered a...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 2:04 AM
The last scheduled trial arising from the pay-to-play scandal that toppled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich begins today in Chicago's federal courthouse, this time with a longtime Springfield power broker on the hot seat.
William Cellini is charged with...
| 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...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Jun 27, 2011
| 4:13 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who assumed office after Blagojevich's impeachment, said today’s guilty verdict marks "a serious day for our state."
Quinn said Blagojevich's corruption conviction, along with that of previous Gov. George Ryan,...
| Jul 13, 2012
The University of Illinois handed out a $4.6 million contract to an architectural firm partially owned by the husband of a key administrator who oversees the planning of campus construction projects.
The school initially did so without asking for the...
| Feb 25, 2012
| 1:24 PM
Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union leader and other connected applicants, a Tribune investigation has found.
The first broad analysis of who...
| Apr 26, 2011
| 12:59 PM
As pointed out earlier this week by reporter Bob Secter, who is covering the Rod Blagojevich retrial, the jury foreman for the former governor's first trial returned Tuesday to get a different perspective on the sequel. What a difference a retrial makes....