| Feb 8, 2012
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign announced Monday that it will return about $200,000 raised by two Chicago men whose brother is a fugitive casino owner with suspected ties to political corruption in Mexico.
The decision to return the money...
| Dec 20, 2011
CAIRO, Ill. — Although it happened nearly a half-century ago, that day in October 1964 when Ida Mae West-Clayton killed her husband has trailed her ever since. At times, it was only a gauzy memory; at others, it was as if it had happened yesterday....
| Jan 2, 2012
| 6:01 PM
Campus sex assaults
A 14-month examination into the handling of sexual assault cases on Midwestern campuses prompted two federal investigations and sweeping changes to how universities and prosecutors respond to reports.
In November, the U.S. Department...
| Aug 26, 2011
The Illinois Supreme Court has repeatedly granted new life to judges after they were rejected by Cook County voters, despite promising to end the questionable practice nearly 20 years ago.
A Tribune review found that since 2000, the Supreme Court has...
| Nov 11, 2011
State Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, is pushing legislation that would make it illegal in Illinois for a fugitive's family members to harbor or aid the fleeing suspect.
Illinois currently is one of 14 states that specifically exempt close relatives...
| Jun 28, 2011
| 3:38 PM
| Nov 2, 2011
William Cellini, Illinois' ultimate political insider who for more than four decades worked quietly behind the scenes to amass wealth and power, was convicted Tuesday for joining an age-old conspiracy scheme that demanded campaign cash for access.
| Nov 8, 2011
| 7:29 PM
— A major overhaul of the way Illinois government handles pension benefits for current workers won a key victory Tuesday, but its fate remains uncertain because of heavy union resistance.
House and Senate lawmakers also advanced proposals to...
| May 4, 2011
| 12:37 PM
Former longtime Chicago Tribune reporter Bill Barnhart and his writing partner, Gene Schlickman, were among five Chicago-area writers winning recognition from the Society of Midland Authors, which announced winners of its annual Author Awards Wednesday...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 3:15 PM
The fake 7-Eleven gas station will soon be cleared out to make way for an Oktoberfest celebration, and the Smallville's Best Pizza sign will eventually be taken off of Uncle Lar's Pizza restaurant, but the city of Plano, which last month hosted 14 days of...
| Aug 4, 2011
| 9:00 AM
Warner Bros. released the first image of Henry Cavill as Superman and he looks -- well, he looks just like almost every other Superman.
But that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you mess with the red and blue costume too much, you might end up with...
| Dec 13, 2011
Acknowledging that Chicago falls short in regulating the safety of taxis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday proposed a list of reforms that include closer monitoring of tickets issued to cabdrivers and a 12-hour limit on a cabbie's workday.