| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:15 PM
Faced with a major primary challenge earlier this year, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn kicked his fundraising efforts into overdrive and raised nearly $2 million in six months in anticipation of a bruising fight.
But after the threat of a major Democratic...
| Dec 2, 2013
In more than three decades in Chicago, Keith Kelleher has helped transform the face of the local labor movement by organizing low-income workers who typically were ignored by traditional unions.
He did so by encouraging his organization to act like a...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:22 AM
For Gov. Pat Quinn, putting pen to paper on a bill to salvage the nation's worst-funded state employee pension system will be a signature moment both literally and politically.
More than two years of the governor's repeated calls for action on the...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 5:32 PM
Lawyers for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich have filed the final brief in the appeal of his conviction and 14-year prison sentence, setting the stage for oral arguments next week before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Blagojevich was convicted of...
| Nov 10, 2013
Like just about everyone else, I expected Gov. Pat Quinn to choose an up-and-coming Illinois Democrat to be his running mate — an ethnic minority, a woman or both. The party needs to deepen its bench and reach out to emerging communities if it's...
| Nov 10, 2013
Can Paul Vallas possibly play second banana?
Though I know Vallas well, even I can't answer that one. And I doubt Gov. Pat Quinn knows either. When I interview both men this week, I'll ask them.
Whether Vallas can rein in his personality is a...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas as his Democratic running mate for next year's election.
Vallas, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002 against Rod Blagojevich, fills...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 3:09 PM
Legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois could give Democrats a much-needed boost of enthusiasm headed into next year’s critical elections, though financial woes and high unemployment could mute long-standing traction for the party that rules the...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 9:18 AM
Some are born corrupt, some achieve corruption, and some have corruption thrust upon them. And then there's Stuart Levine.
The star witness (or "historic cooperator," as the prosecution dubbed him) in the trials that brought down politicos and influence...
| Nov 25, 2013
Deborah Sawyer grew up in Ohio playing sports and was considered a tomboy, but her career inspiration came from mixing her big sister's perfumes and lotions.
"She used to bug me because I was more of a girlie-girl," said her sister, Leslie, recalling...
| Nov 18, 2013
Every October, every employee of the state of Illinois must takean online ethics test. That includes state police officers, college faculty, DMV workers, IDOT employees, DCFS employees, etc. This ethics test was instated under Gov. Rod Blagojevich's...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 3:37 PM
Prosecutors have urged a federal appeals court to reject Rod Blagojevich's legal challenges to his corruption conviction and 14-year prison sentence, arguing in a lengthy filing that the former governor's attempt to sell a U.S. Senate seat was anything...