| Aug 2, 2013
| 4:32 PM
From the Sunday print column So yet another political striver is looking to become Illinois comptroller. Earlier this week, Democratic Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced her candidacy for the state's second most obscure constitutional office (her current...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 7:50 PM
Even as a corruption investigation swirled around then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich five years ago, Pat Quinn defended his two-time running mate as "a person who's honest and one of integrity."
On Wednesday, Gov. Quinn declared "justice was served" after a...
| 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 17, 2012
| 5:05 PM
St. Patrick’s Day has a political tradition in Chicago, and the annual downtown parade is a hot spot for politicians seeking votes.
But Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a staunch backer of hometown President Barack Obama, declined to talk politics at the...
| Sep 26, 2011
| 3:00 PM
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Monday said she fears what will happen in Illinois should the nation slip back into recession, warning the state’s finances are so bad there’s nothing to fall back on.
The veteran Republican statewide...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 10:36 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today called for more spending on education and abolishing the natural gas utility tax in his State of the State speech.
The noon address to the General Assembly, which is posted online, focuses mostly on job creation. (Tribune reporter...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 1:34 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn today delivered a bad news budget speech, calling for prison closures, layoffs and cutbacks to health care for the poor.
"This budget contains truths you may not want to hear," Quinn said. "But these are truths that you do...
| 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 16, 2012
| 12:05 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Republicans leaders today wasted no time laying the blame for the state's financial woes at the feet of powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan and his fellow Democrats, saying that now is the time to act like adults and pass sorely...
| 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,...
| Aug 18, 2011
| 3:53 PM
Illinois Republicans dreamed big during a rally at the Illinois State Fair today, predicting the shaky economy that haunts Democratic President Barack Obama will turn into GOP success at the polls in 2012.
GOP leaders talked about putting Illinois "in...
| Aug 31, 2012
— 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 that convicted influence-peddler...