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Lack of Voter Awareness, Plus Party Politics Reelected Smith

John V. Santore | Posted 01.12.2013 | Chicago
John V. Santore

Rep. Derreck Smith will rejoin his colleagues in the General Assembly for the time being. Under House rules they cannot boot him out a second time for the same offense. However, if he is convicted, the Illinois Constitution bars him from serving.

The Most Corrupt City In America?

Posted 02.23.2012 | Chicago

As our former governor prepares to head west to begin his prison sentence, Chicago was given the unfortunate title of "most corrupt" city in America i...

Cook County Wars

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Since February 2007, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has presided over a "war" as commissioners have battled over budgets, borrowing, and taxation.