| May 10, 2011
| 8:41 AM
Harry Bloom just finished a driver's education course even though he's had his driver's license for years.
Bloom and his wife, Roxanne, took a refresher course meant for older drivers sponsored by AARP. Held at the YMCA in Schaumburg, the two-day eight-...
| May 23, 2012
| 8:05 AM
West Side Democratic leaders were unable to reach consensus Tuesday on a challenger to indicted Rep. Derrick Smith, but among the three finalists is the girlfriend of 28th Ward Ald. Jason Ervin.
Democratic committeemen will reconvene Wednesday to make...
| May 23, 2012
| 1:56 PM
West Side Democratic leaders today picked a onetime aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger to run against indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith this fall.
The panel chose attorney Lance Tyson, who once worked for Stroger, over Chicago Police...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 8:54 AM
It was a return to the Emerald City for guests at the 20th annual Green Tie Ball, held on the factory grounds at A. Finkl and Sons, 2011 N. Southport Ave. Co-chairs Tim Smithe (Walter E. Smithe) and Stephanie Castagnier (NBC's "Apprentice") hosted more...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 10:08 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a bill to kill the long-abused legislative scholarship program.
"Instead of scholarships going to those who truly deserve them and qualify for scholarships to go to college, too often the program was abused in a...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:13 PM
Federal grand jurors have sought records of legislative scholarships handed out by Democratic state Rep. Dan Burke of Chicago, a sign that authorities kept up a probe of the tuition waiver program even as legislators were moving to end it this spring.
| 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 6, 2011
| 3:07 PM
Olivia Clemens, Mark Twain's wife, once tried to shock her husband out of his habit of profane tirades by repeating one to him verbatim. Bemused, he replied that he hoped he didn't sound like that because, "You got the words right, Livy, but you don't...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 1:46 PM
State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905.
Rep. Derrick Smith failed to show up to defend himself or hear his fellow House lawmakers condemn...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 4:40 PM
People who illegally use disability placards to park in free or convenient spaces could have their vehicles impounded and also be required to pay a fine of up to $3,000, under a plan endorsed Monday by a City Council committee.
The plan was proposed...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 9:50 AM
SPRINGFIELD--The Illinois House opened a special investigation today into a Chicago Democrat charged in federal court with taking a cash bribe.
But Rep. Derrick Smith, a West Side Democrat, didn't show up.
Smith faces the first House probe since then-...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 1:22 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn and other leading Democrats called today for the resignation of a state lawmaker from Chicago who won a House primary one week after being arrested on federal bribery charges.
The growing pressure on state Rep. Derrick Smith contrasts with...