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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...

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...

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...

Does Illinois Need More Casinos? Columnists Set the Stakes

Danny Groner | Posted 08.02.2011 | Chicago
Danny Groner

It's now up to Gov. Pat Quinn to decide whether the state gets more casinos to help jumpstart the local economy. Quinn told reporters the bill, which passed the state Senate on Tuesday, was "excessive."

Rahm Emanuel's Candidacy Will Be Challenged By Election Lawyer

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Does Rahm Emanuel have something to worry about when it comes to the validity of his Chicago residency? Or are those challenging him just playing "pol...

The Blago-Sphere

Craig Bloomfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Craig Bloomfield

A common response to the news goes something like this: "What is this guy, nuts?" In the end, Blago's nuttiness may be his best defense.

Obama and "The Chicago Way"

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Martin Nolan

How does Barack Obama fit into political Chicago? I found out at another convention, Boston's in 2004.