| Jul 15, 2013
| 9:46 AM
State Sen. Kirk Dillard made official today his second consecutive bid for the Republican nomination for governor, blasting Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for what he called a lack of leadership on key issues.
Speaking outside the Lakeview home where he...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:32 PM
From our story today on the agreement between the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union to hire nearly 500 new teachers to work in the longer school day: (Mayor Rahm) Emanuel could not say where that money will......
| Sep 12, 2012
If reactions from the few hundred people in the audience at the Chicago Tribune's forum this week about the stakes of the 2012 presidential race were any guide, the election will pivot around how voters rank economic matters and social issues....
| Sep 30, 2012
To the Honorable U.S. District Judge James Zagel
Dirksen Federal Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn St., Chicago
Dear Judge Zagel:
I'm not some Indonesian orphan, or a young man suffering from cerebral palsy, or a Chinese political asylum seeker. And I'm...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 11:31 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today they will push the state legislature to once again try to pass a measure creating a special driver’s license for illegal immigrants.
This time, the Democrats who...
| Nov 8, 2012
A day after suffering devastating election losses up and down the state, Illinois Republicans could point to one bright spot: Barack Obama's name won't ever be on the ballot again.
In 2004 as a U.S. Senate candidate, in 2008 as a presidential contender...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 5:22 AM
— Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday said former President Ronald Reagan deserves "a special place in hell" for his role in the war on drugs, but later she regretted what she called her "inflammatory" remark.
The comment from...
| Aug 24, 2012
With Tropical Storm Isaac threatening to turn into a hurricane and menace the Republican National Convention in Tampa early next week, Republicans must make a decision.
They could just get sloshed on rum, margaritas and whiskey and ride out the storm...
| May 25, 2012
Former Sen. Art Berman will draw a state legislative pension of $209,520 this year, highest among his peers and more than three times what he made as a lawmaker.
Former state Rep. Judy Erwin will collect $167,523, a pension spiked by a high-paying...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 11:38 AM
The state’s Republican leaders have spent time trying to make longtime Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan a campaign issue this fall.
On Monday, the state GOP handed out “Save Illinois, Fire Madigan” buttons and...
| Aug 29, 2012
Let's discuss Chicago's role in presidential politics, as well as the stakes and the issues facing all of us in the 2012 election.
As the GOP convention gets underway in Florida, we're preparing to talk more with you and with leaders on both sides of the...
| Sep 4, 2012
We've added new panelists to next week's Chicago Forward: Windy City White House, a panel discussion that examines Chicago's role in presidential politics.
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock and nationally syndicated columnists Jonah Goldberg and Leonard Pitts Jr....