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

Keith Koeneman | Posted 11.05.2014 | 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.

Five Years After the Blagojevich Arrest, Where Are They Now?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Monday marked the five-year anniversary of Rod Blagojevich's arrest. What followed made Illinois a national punch-line and represented a new low point for Illinois politics.

When Who You Know Just Won't Work

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Taxpayers who are footing the bills want to know and trust that people are being hired on skill and merit, period. That they're being given promotions based on performance. And too often in Illinois government it does work that way.

Income tax debate takes center stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SPOTLIGHT ON INCOME TAX Jan. 1, 2015, is D-Day for Illinois' income tax. That's when most of the 2011 temporary income tax increase expires, dropping ...

Crime, debt, flight = Detroit? Not to a Chicago cartoonist

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

MOTOR (WINDY) CITY Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis' view of crime-plagued, financially failing Detroit looks awfully familiar. He says a lot ...

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....

Where to Begin on Metra Mess -- And Where Will It End?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

This Metra mess is wrong on so many different levels, it's hard to know where it will end or where to begin.

Madigans and Mells: Who Needs More From Our Political Family Dramas?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 07.19.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Will Lisa and Mike stand side by side smiling warmly at the Democrats' big rally day at the state fair? Or will Attorney General Madigan authorize an investigation into Speaker Madigan's Metra manueverings?

Is Nepotism Dying in Illinois?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

There is an upcoming test case which that help to determine whether nepotism is actually dying in Illinois, or if it is poised to come roaring back. This pass/fail test is for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Metra scandal: Clout, connections, family ties

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA AND THE MADIGANS With a $718,000 buyout that required the recipient never to divulge why he was being bought out, the Metra scandal already cont...

Metra chief memo: I stood up to Madigan, others and got fired for it

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA MEMO AND MADIGAN Even if you never ride Metra, if you live in Illinois, your tax dollars help pay for it. That's why you should pay attention to...

Sky the limit on campaign funding for 2014 Illinois gov race

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.11.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SKY'S THE LIMIT? Illinois only recently imposed its first campaign contribution limits. But with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner likel...

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...

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, ...

Report: Ald. Mell Stepping Down After 38 Years

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

Updated story One of the mainstays of the Chicago City Council is reportedly preparing to retire -- and is planning to appoint his daughter to fill...

Chicago Ward Remap, Incumbent Protection or Community Transformation?

Kyle Hillman | Posted 03.20.2012 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Ward remapping has the ability to gently transform communities or further push them farther behind. It is no wonder it's January and the city council has just now gotten around to passing a remap plan that can garner enough votes.

Reforming Chicago's City Government

Keith Koeneman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

The Chicago City Council has tended to suffer from a rather poor reputation. With that in mind, it seems appropriate for Chicagoans to put forth a modest proposal for reforming our city government.

Lesbian Rep. Goes Out Of State To Marry Longtime Partner

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

Illinois State Representative Deb Mell recently married longtime partner Christin Baker in a quiet wedding ceremony performed by a judge in Davenport,...

Put Away The Lawn Chairs: City Says Dibs Are Done

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It was a sight as familiar as the snow itself to any veteran of Chicago winters: the carefully dug-out parking spaces after the massive blizzard, occu...

WATCH: Rep. Deb Mell To Announce Engagement To Lesbian Partner On House Floor

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the gay marriage debate continues across the country, the gay community in Illinois has yet to see much progress on the issue--and one state repres...

Ald. Mell: Abandoned Chicago Buildings Are 'The Same Type Of Disaster' As Gulf Oil Spill

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Foreclosed and abandoned Chicago buildings are "the same type of disaster as the BP oil slick" in Louisiana, a Northwest Side alderman said today, dem...

City Officials Call On Bankers To Testify About Foreclosure Mess

Progress Illinois | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Ray Suarez (31st Ward) and State Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) called a joint meeting in Chicago on Monday to pressure the banks to do a better ...

Daley: Casino On Olympic Village Site 'Unacceptable'

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Richard Daley said today he is opposed to the idea floated by two aldermen to put a land-based casino where the city had hoped to build an Olymp...

Aldermen: Turn Planned Olympic Village Site Into Casino

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Two alderman are floating the idea of putting a casino and theater complex where Chicago had hoped to build an Olympic Village for the 2016 Summer Gam...

Quinn Lands Endorsements, Jabs With Hynes Over Blago Ties

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Updated The fierce intra-party feuding between Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Dan Hynes reached a new pitch Friday after Quinn announced his latest s...