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Rahm Hoping Chicago Forgets Everything in Time for 2015

Dave Stieber | Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Rahm is betting that the voters of Chicago will forget about the countless things he has done to continue to harm working class communities across the city. He is attempting to do a few "good" things just in time for his attempt at a 2015 reelection. Unfortunately for Rahm he doesn't realize that Chicago is a city of historians who don't forget.

Ex-County Commissioner Gets 6 Months In Prison For Tax Evasion

Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago

Ex-Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was sentenced Wednesday morning to serve six months in prison and pay tens of thousands of dollars in fees...

Daley Relative Got Extra Tax Breaks For 12 Years

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Patrick Rehkamp/BGA | Posted 09.20.2013 | Chicago

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Jackson Jr. Auction Stopped Amid Memorabilia Authenticity Issues

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — With the authenticity of a guitar supposedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen called into question, authorities pulled th...

Prosecutor: Police Will Not Face Charges In Daley Nephew Probe

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 09.20.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- No charges will be filed against police or prosecutors who handled investigations into the 2004 death of a man killed in a fight with a nep...

Feds To Auction Off Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Memorabilia Collection

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A showy red cape and an autographed Michael Jackson poster drew the most interest from potential buyers as a government auction of aro...

Reflections of an Arizona Democrat

Christina M. Martínez | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Christina M. Martínez

Individual ideologies have no place in the Dem party -- or, at least they shouldn't. We have too much at stake in Arizona to let egos and emotions take control.

Aldermen Move To Gut City's Gun Laws

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 09.10.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Faced with a new state law on concealed weapons, Chicago aldermen are getting ready to do away with some of its strict handgun regulations,...

Where Illinois Pols Stand On Syria Intervention

Posted 09.04.2013 | Chicago

With a critical vote on military action in Syria pending, Americans remain largely opposed to a U.S. military intervention in the Middle Eastern natio...

City Inspector General Reappointed In Rare Rahm About-Face

Posted 09.03.2013 | Chicago

In a surprise move, Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson will be reappointed to another four-year term at his post -- though he will step down afte...

Ex-Chicago Comptroller Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption Charges

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago

By Brendan O'Brien Aug 19 (Reuters) - Chicago's former comptroller pleaded not guilty in federal court on Monday to charges that he to...

Ex-Chicago Comptroller Indicted On Federal Fraud Charges

Posted 08.16.2013 | Chicago

Just three weeks after he abruptly resigned as Chicago's city comptroller, Amer Ahmad was indicted Thursday on federal corruption charges related to h...

30 Months In Prison For Jesse Jackson Jr., 1 Year For Sandi

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER and JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 10.14.2013 | Chicago

WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds on per...

Jesse Jackson Jr. Facing Sentencing

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 10.13.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The genesis of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s decline dates to when he chose to forgo divinity studies and enter the world of politics instead, or so ...

Jackson Jr. Makes Prison Preference Known Ahead Of Sentencing

AP | Posted 10.13.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has said where he wants to serve time for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson...

Obamacare in Cook County Has Yet to Earn Bragging Rights

David Ormsby | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Years ago, the federal Medicaid program sought to prevent the warehousing of individuals who were struggling with drug and alcohol abuse in large residential facilities. But the architects of Obamacare failed to reconcile the new benefit with the old law. So what does that mean?

Yet Another New Twist In The Metra Patronage Scandal

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Alden Loury/BGA | Posted 07.29.2013 | Chicago

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Top 10 Quotes in Illinois Corruption Scandals

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Reboot Illinois

We have all heard of corruption in Illinois, but this list is just a smack in the face to a state that already has very low expectations of State Offi...

Rahm Chooses Deb Mell To Replace Her Father On City Council

Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday that he has chosen state Rep. Deb Mell to replace her father Ald. Dick Mell (33rd) on the City Council....

Reformer Alderman Facing Multiple Ethics Probes

Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago

A Chicago Alderman known for reform-minded politics and going against the grain of former Mayor Richard Daley's administration is facing "multiple" et...

Ex-Metra CEO Describes Alleged Mike Madigan Pay Deal

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A former California transit executive tapped to clean up Chicago's scandal-tarnished Metra commuter rail agency said Wednesday he was ...

Blago's Lawyers Scrambling To Meet Deadline To Appeal Conviction

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich's lawyers were working Monday to meet a deadline to file what could be a book-length, 100-page appeal calling for the ...

Doing Without? Life as a 'Public Servant' in Chicago

Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.09.2013 | Chicago
Joseph Erbentraut

One would think that in a city that can't afford to keep its public schools and mental health clinics open, where the extreme poverty rate is the third-highest in the nation, a 28-year-old able to snag a well-paying gig in the Mayor's Office would have some degree of humility.

Replacing Mell On City Council A Dilemma For Rahm

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 07.10.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The last time Dick Mell helped a relative climb Illinois' political ladder, son-in-law Rod Blagojevich ascended to governor before being se...

Quinn Has Good Pension News, But He's Not Happy -- Why?

David Ormsby | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Apparently the "do nothing" Illinois General Assembly may have done enough to help to turn the long-term tide of the state's underfunded pension systems. Despite the good news, Quinn refused in his statement to embrace his administration's good news.