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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 ...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The subject of political corruption is nothing new to Illinois, but the recent accusations of patronage against House Speaker Michael Madigan made by ...

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.

Rep. Franks: Maybe Metra's Clifford broke law?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

IT'S ALL IN THE BERRIOS FAMILY CIRCLE Cook County taxpayers got dinged this week by county Assessor Joe Berrios as they will foot the $500,000 bill fo...

Ex Metra CEO: Speaker Madigan has "moral character flaw"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

WHO'S GOT THE "MORAL CHARACTER FLAW?" Ex Metra CEO Alex Clifford says House Speaker Michael Madigan has that big character deficit. Wait, who? Only hi...

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...

Madigan won't run for governor: What it means for 2014 ballot

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.15.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LISA By now you know that Lisa Madigan will seek a fourth term as attorney general rather than challenging Pat Quinn for governor. Perhaps most intere...

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...


Cameron Sherber | Posted 09.09.2013 | Comedy
Cameron Sherber


Campaign 2014: Bill Brady is in again; Quinn to Illinois: I'll veto weak pension bill; Prediction: Lisa won't run

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

BRADY IS IN... AGAIN State Sen. Bill Brady lost one of the closest races for governor in history in 2010: He was defeated by fewer than 32,000 votes, ...

Metra Board Approves 25 Percent Fare Hike

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 01.11.2012 | Chicago

The Metra board Friday morning approved a fare hike package that will increase the cost of commuting on Metra trains an average of 25 percent starting...

Body Found On Metra Tracks Delays Service

Posted 11.13.2011 | Chicago

Updated story Metra service was delayed following the discovery of a man's body on the railroad tracks near northwest suburban Woodstock early Tues...

Police Investigating Bomb Threat Near Ogilvie Transportation Center

Posted 11.12.2011 | Chicago

Police are investigating a bomb threat that was called into Metra police Monday morning. Metra spokesman Tom Miller said a male caller told police ...

Metra Hires Spies To Keep Tabs On Conductors, Ensure Fares Collected

Posted 11.02.2011 | Chicago

Facing the prospect of either fare hikes, service cuts or a combination of both, Metra has opted to employ a somewhat unusual strategy to improve its ...

'Seniors Ride Free' To Expire For Most 65-Plus Transit Riders

Posted 10.26.2011 | Chicago

Beginning next week, many senior citizens will lose access to the program providing free rides for qualifying passengers on Metra, CTA and Pace. The f...

Metra Train, Car Collide In Oak Forest: 2 Dead, More Injured

AP | Posted 09.21.2011 | Chicago

OAK FOREST, Ill. — A commuter train partially derailed in an accident with a car in suburban Chicago on Thursday, killing two women in the car a...

Last Night's Storm: Metra Riders Stranded For Hours, VP Biden Delayed

AP | HERB MCCANN | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Thunderstorms and heavy winds pounded the upper Midwest Tuesday night, stranding Chicago commuter train riders for hours, forcing the ...

Driver Killed, 26 Hospitalized After Metra Train Hits Truck

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 07.13.2011 | Chicago

A 59-year-old man who reportedly drove around downed crossing gates was killed and at least 26 people were hospitalized after a dump truck collided wi...

Metra Employees Accused Of 'Source Code' Shakedown

Better Government Association | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago

The movie industry has brought millions of dollars to the Chicago area, shooting scenes all over the city and suburbs. One or more Metra employees ...

Cops: Metra Rider Punched Conductor For Shushing His Cell Phone Call

Posted 06.10.2011 | Chicago

Kenneth C. Pollard did something a lot of commuters do: carried on a loud conversation on his cell phone on a train. This one, though, on the Chicago-...

Metra Chief Throws Himself In Front Of Train Amidst Bonus Scandal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Embattled Metra chief Phil Pagano was killed Friday morning in an apparent suicide, hours after the Cook County State's Attorney announced a criminal ...

Metra's Massive Overtime Payout: Investigation Launched Over Metra Police Pay

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

At Metra, you don't have to have a big title to pull in a six-figure income. Just work overtime. And there's plenty of that at the commuter rail ag...

Phil Pagano, Metra Director Who Jumped In Front Of Train, Improperly Took At Least $475,000

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Late Metra executive director Phil Pagano, who killed himself last Friday, had taken at least $475,000 in unauthorized payments, at times forging the ...

Phil Pagano Metra Scandal: Criminal Investigation Launched By Cook County State's Attorney

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Cook County state's attorney's office said Thursday it has launched a criminal probe into possible financial irregularities by Metra's longtime ex...