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Who Cares About Ethics?

Meredith McGehee | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

This past Sunday, WaPo ran an op-ed, asking whether "a little corruption should matter to voters." The most logical explanation for this reaction is the low expectations that most Americans already have for their public (and especially, elected) officials -- a streak that is as American as apple pie.

Dare to Do Tax Reform

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

The chairman of the Ways and Means Committee unveil a tax reform plan that everyone agrees is both credible and going nowhere.

Lawmakers Launch Website To Boost Public Support

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

* Congressional tax writers unveil tax reform website * Senate panel eyes international tax options in meeting * New tax...

Question Authority: The Boomers Are Coming and They Won't Play Dead

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty
Bernard Starr

Politicians beware -- the boomers are coming. Like drill sergeants you may bark your marching orders and expect unchallenged compliance. But this army will march to its own drum beat.

FBI Plans Release Of Dan Rostenkowski Files

Chicago News Cooperative | DANIEL LIBIT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The requests keep pouring in for the FBI files of the late Congressman Dan Rostenkowski following his death on August 11....

Longtime Congressman Dan Rostenkowski Dies At Age 82

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, the Chicago Democrat who became the leading architect of congressional tax policy in the Reagan era but later went to fe...

Who (Really) Runs Congress?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Those with an interest in understanding the legislative process, a small subset of those attempting to influence its product, should both appreciate Janice Mays and her colleagues and get to know them a bit better.

The Onion's Timeline Of Illinois Corruption

The Onion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The controversy surrounding Illinois senator Roland Burris is only the latest chapter in a long history of political corruption in the Land of Lincoln...

Stealing Horses With Blago And Telling

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Bill Powell had a chance to tell us about how decent people can be so easily depraved by going into politics. Instead, he ended up selling for cheap the little intimate information about Blago he had.

Ward Boss' Son Rostenkowski Defends Chicago: We're Not All Corrupt

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

During my career as a public official, I always tried to steer away from the minority of my colleagues who viewed public service as a potential commer...

Eric Holder: Obama Attorney General Pick's Chicago Ties

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Eric Holder, the Washington attorney and former Clinton Justice Department official who is reportedly Barack Obama's pick for Attorney General, has a ...

Is It Fair to Call Bill Daley a Lobbyist? Well, Actually, Yes It Is

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

In 2005 I published a profile of Bill Daley in Chicago magazine, where I'm a contributing editor. I looked back at my research and at various drafts of the article and here's what I found.