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Bruce Rauner's Victory: A Break From the Recent Past in Illinois?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

In April of this year, Gallup released the results of a national survey in which Illinois was ranked as the state with the highest percentage of residents who believe it is the worst place to live in the United States. Infamy of this sort is not easily earned, but instead accrues over decades.

10 Corruption Quotes From Illinois Politicians

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.16.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Sometimes a politician's best speech comes on the witness stand. Here is an updated collection of quotes directly from corrupt Illinois politicians, o...

The Best Illinois GIF Gallery of 2013!

Madison Bondi | Posted 03.17.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

2013 was an exciting, awkward, frustrating, and confusing year in Illinois. Join us as we take a look back at some of the most memorable highlights fr...

The Rodney Dangerfield of Constitutional Offices

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Office of Illinois Lieutenant Governor is the Rodney Dangerfield of constitutional offices. It's got no defined duties and the House has voted to ...

Top 10: Longest Prison Sentences for Illinois Politicians

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While among the highest profile of Illinois' many convicted elected officials, the Jacksons' sentences are nowhere near the top of the list.

Did Madigan break laws? In Metra scandal, that's not the issue

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Let's be clear on thing regarding House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in the Metra scandal: he probably didn't break any laws. As State Rep. Jack Fr...

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

While many people relaxed in celebration of the 4th of July holiday, Illinois was buzzing from the recent release of former Governor George Ryan, Bill Daley's endorsement from NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Quinn's partial veto of a concealed carry firearms bill.

Supreme Court Denies Ex-Illinois Governor's Appeal

Posted 02.19.2013 | Chicago

Feb 19 (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear former Illinois Governor George Ryan's appeal of his conviction and 6 1/2-year prison ...

Welcome Home, Governor Ryan

David Protess | Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Many will say that George Ryan's legacy will be the stain of scandal. Count me among the many others who say otherwise. George Ryan is a good man, a profile in courage who saved countless innocent lives.

Ex-Gov. George Ryan Heads To Halfway House

Posted 01.29.2013 | Chicago

Ex-Illinois Gov. George Ryan is halfway home. Ryan is nearing the end of his six-and-a-half year sentence after serving out the majority in a fede...

The Trials of Anthony Porter: From Exonerated Death Row Inmate to Paroled Shoplifter

David Protess | Posted 02.06.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

What will become of Anthony Porter? It is tragic to think that his only bright and shining moment was the day he was no longer condemned to die, a day when the whole world seemed to care about his fate.

PHOTOS: Chicago's Most Notorious Tax Fraudsters

Posted 04.17.2012 | Chicago

Considering Chicago's reputation as home to the nation's largest concentration of corrupt elected officials, it is not terribly surprising that the Se...

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...

Will A Long Sentence For Blagojevich Stop Corruption In Illinois?

Posted 12.08.2011 | Chicago

When former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, local politicians and many following the case closely exp...

Illinois Higher Education Floundering: Study

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

A study released last month by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education shows declining interest in higher education among Illinois ...

The Conscience Of John Kitzhaber

Mark Osler | Posted 01.30.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

Can, and should, the religious conscience of one powerful individual be able to trump the popular will? The framers of this Republic, the men responsible for the shape of our governments, answered that question squarely with a "yes."

Two Volunteers for Execution, Two Governors Who Would Not Let Them Die

David Protess | Posted 01.28.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

While abolitionists cheered the news that Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber had declared a moratorium on executions last week, the public reacted with surprise. Oregon has the death penalty?

Tortured by Police, Wrongly Imprisoned, Chicago Man Perseveres

David Protess | Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago
David Protess

For a man who has been dealt an horrific fate, Eric Caine remains undaunted. He speaks of a hopeful future. Perhaps that is because his future has brightened in recent months. But perhaps it is also because his past is too painful to discuss.

Illinois Death Penalty Officially Ends

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 08.31.2011 | Chicago

It's been more than a decade since former Illinois Governor George Ryan imposed a moratorium on executions and cleared death row, fearing that an impe...

Why the Blagojevich Verdict Matters

Paul Dailing | Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago
Paul Dailing

Monday was a good day, even if there are still power plays, shady deals and more money shuffling through Springfield and Chicago each day than through a Vegas casino. A man who thought he was too powerful to be caught was caught.

Imprisoned Ex-Gov Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A former Illinois governor now serving time in prison was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize again this year. (And no, it's not Rod Blagojevich.) Ge...

After 10 Years Of No Death Penalty In Illinois, Bill Brady Says He'll Lift Moratorium

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As is the case in many political races throughout the country, candidates have been avoiding polarizing social issues and trying (most of the time) to...

Prisons Stripped Of Vocational Classes In Budget Shortfall

Inside and Out | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In its mission statement, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice pledges to help the young people in its prisons become productive citizens. But ...

Rod Blagojevich Trial: Will It Affect Voters In November?

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich begins next week. The Chicago Democrat insists he's innocent. Still, the drama is exp...

Cook County Pays Leroy Orange, Former Death Row Inmate, $525,000 For Wrongful Conviction

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Cook County Board today agreed to pay $525,000 to a former Death Row inmate already given $5.5 million by the city to settle a wrongful conviction...