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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.

What It Will Take To Make Rahm Jump In The Lake

Posted 07.08.2013 | Chicago

Would you like to see Mayor Rahm Emanuel jump in the river? Then you'd better get reading, kids of Chicago. Emanuel's office announced ahead of the...

Dick Mell Resigns After 38 Years On City Council

Posted 07.03.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Ald. Richard Mell submitted his resignation from the City Council to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday. The resignation of 74-year-old Mell, ...

Former Illinois Governor A Free Man After 5 Years In Prison

AP | Posted 09.02.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is officially a free man. The 79-year-old spent more than five years in prison for corruption, and i...

New Sentencing Date Set For Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife

AP | Posted 09.01.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge on Tuesday set Aug. 14 as the new sentencing date for former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife. U.S. ...

Prosecutors Want To Seize Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Homes

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 08.28.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Government prosecutors Friday filed a forfeiture motion naming the homes of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, in...

Bill Brady Hopes Third Time's The Charm In Bid For Governor

Posted 06.27.2013 | Chicago

When it comes to running for governor of Illinois, state Senator Bill Brady hopes three is the magic number. Wednesday, the Bloomington-based Repub...

Chicago Considering Plastic Bag Ban

Posted 06.18.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council on Tuesday morning heard testimony on a proposed citywide ban on plastic bags in stores, an ordinance not expected to gain tr...

Jesse Jackson Jr. Wants To Head Behind Bars Before Wife Sandi

Posted 06.18.2013 | Chicago

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi appear to be preparing for the likely possibility that they will both be heading to prison wh...

Chicago's Next U.S. Attorney Faces Urgent Dilemma

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 08.18.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago's next U.S. attorney faces a dilemma sprung from the twin evils bedeviling America's third-largest city. Should he zero in on...

Ex-Chicago Alderman Convicted In Bribery Scheme

Posted 06.17.2013 | Chicago

A former Chicago alderman appears to be heading back to prison after a jury convicted him on a federal bribery charge in court Monday. Jurors delib...

Bill Daley for Governor: Buzz or Zzzzz?

David Ormsby | Posted 08.12.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Feel the energy. There has been no "Thank God, Bill Daley is the in race!" reaction from Democratic political observers who fear that Governor Pat Quinn might lose the Democrats' grip on the governor's mansion.

Feds Recommend 4 Years In Prison For Jesse Jackson Jr.

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 08.07.2013 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors Friday recommended four years in prison for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., following his guilty plea this year on crimi...

Citizens are sounding off, with a vengeance

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.05.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Since legislators ended their spring session Friday night with little significant to show for it other than fracking regulations and the concealed...

Bruce Rauner On 2014 Gubernatorial Race: 'I'm Running'

Posted 06.05.2013 | Chicago

It's rumor no more: The wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner has officially announced he will run for governor of Illinois in 2014. The 57-year-old sh...

Jackson Jr. Wants Medical Information In Court Doc Kept Secret

Posted 06.18.2013 | Chicago

Ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has reportedly submitted a request to keep information about his medical condition out of the public eye in his upcomin...

GOP To Recruit New Chicago Candidates 'American Idol' Style

AP | KERRY LESTER | Posted 08.04.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The odds are historically against them, but Illinois' beleaguered Republicans are looking to reverse their fortunes by recruiting help...

Springfield failure: Who's to blame? IL shrinks on cartoonist Stantis' business map; Rutherford's Mansion plan

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.03.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

THE BIG FAIL Who is to blame for last week's epic collapse in the Illinois General Assembly? Certainly there was some ego involved, as the two top D...

Sources: Likely Candidate For Gov Used Clout To Help Kid

Posted 04.25.2013 | Chicago

Billionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner looks like he's already on his way to being a bona fide Illinois politician. Though he hasn't official...

State Senator Facing Weapons Charge Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.24.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — An Illinois state senator accused of trying to board a Washington, D.C.-bound flight with a gun pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Wednes...

Daley Donating $540,000 In Campaign Funds To Charity

Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago

Richard M. Daley plans to donate more than $500,000 worth of leftover campaign funds to charity, a spokeswoman for the former Chicago mayor said Tuesd...

Joe Walsh: 'It's Time For Civil Disobedience' On Concealed Carry Law

Posted 04.16.2013 | Chicago

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, long a Tea Party favorite, is urging Illinoisans to "break the law" amid the state's current lack of a concealed carry law...

Stanley Moore Appointed To County Board Despite Ethics Fine

Posted 04.11.2013 | Chicago

Cook County's Democratic leaders have spoken, and their choice for the replacement of disgraced ex-county commissioner William Beavers is a candidate ...

Robin Kelly Sworn In To Replace Jackson Jr. In Congress

AP | Associated Press | Posted 06.11.2013 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly was sworn in Thursday as the newest member of the House, taking over the seat held for 17 ye...

Ex-Bear Loses Mayoral Bid, More Suburban Election Results

Posted 04.10.2013 | Chicago

Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly's win in the special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress was not the only contest Chicago-area vo...