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All I Want for Christmas Is a Modernized Cook County Government

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Short of absolute dictatorships, my staff and I couldn't find an example of a more powerful veto anywhere in the world. Why does the president of the Cook County Board have this much power?

Jesse Jackson Jr. Should Bow Out for Obama's Seat

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The whispers and rumors about Jackson Jr. will swirl no matter what the FBI and the U.S. attorney ultimately decide about the extent of his involvement in the scandal.

Rahm Emanuel's Political Pirouettes

John R. MacArthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John R. MacArthur

If Emanuel's legendary aggressiveness were put to work in the service of "good government," he might, indeed, do wonderful things. But I somehow doubt that's what Obama has in mind for his friend.

Alderman Tries To Cut Inspector General Out Of City Budget

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Bernard Stone (50th) struck out Monday in his attempt to write Inspector General David Hoffman out of the city budget in retaliation for an absen...

Chicago: Second Again

Howard Wolinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Howard Wolinsky

With the election of Barack Obama, the urban orbits have shifted. After Washington, D.C., Chicago has won Second City status once again, based on politics rather than population.

Joanne Alter, Gender Trailblazer In Chicago Politics, Dies

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Joanne Alter, a trailblazing woman in Chicago politics, died Sunday in her Chicago home. She was 81. Her son, Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter, rele...

Daley Rips Property Tax Plan

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley today denounced as a "political stunt" Assessor Jim Houlihan's plan to siphon money away from Chicago's tax-increment-financing (TIF) dist...

Obama And Daley: "Cordial, Not Close"

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The relationship between Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is getting a closer look since John McCain's campaign released it's "Chicago Mac...

Like Father, Like Son?

Chicago Magazine | David Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On a blustery morning early in March, Mayor Richard M. Daley was running late for a constituent's birthday party. A very important constituent, practi...

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Tears In Denver Show Strength

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ray Hanania

Most people probably believe Obama's nomination as the nation's first African American with a serious chance of becoming president is the most important thing to come out of the convention. I think the real achievement was made by Congressman Jackson.

Blogging Where the Sun Don't Shine

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Since I joined the Cook County Board in 1998, I've tried to illuminate the outdated practices, blind acceptance of the status quo, and improper political influence over hiring and contracting that have historically defined Cook County government.

Twenty Years: From Washington in Chicago to Chicago in Washington

Jeff Dorchen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Dorchen

Barack Obama's political savvy was informed by the Harold Washington era. I feel if you want to know what kind of politician Obama really is you could do worse than look to Harold as a blueprint.

Connecting The Dots In Chicago

Tom Tresser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

Can we calculate the cost of corruption to the citizens of Chicago? Does your city seem broke, incompetent, arrogant, unaccountable and impenetrable? Congratulations, you are a Screwed Citizen.

Democrats Beware: The Green Party Convention Cometh!

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Escobar

Green Party activists will turn up the heat on Democratic leaders, drawing in wider circles of the left in the process. The Obama camp and Chicago party bosses will be working to contain that influence.

Obama Brings Chicago Back To Center Stage

Politico | DAVID PAUL KUHN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Barack Obama's decision last week to shift vital Democratic National Committee political operations from Washington to his hometown makes it all ...

Obama Versus R. Kelly: No Competition

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Escobar

In Obama's hometown the big news this week was not his historic delegate lead. It was the R. Kelly underage porn trial, which is no knock on Obama, for what can compete anymore with a celebrity underage porn trial?