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Mike Madigan's 11 Favorite Republicans

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 08.13.2012 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The main reason we need direct elections is accountability. Regardless of who gets on the State Central Committee, at least they will all be accountable to Republican voters in a real election.

How to Know the Real State of the Union: By Reading the State-of-the-Village Speeches

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Murray

America's mayors, in their annual state of the village speeches at local libraries, chambers of commerce and community centers, are compelled to keep it real.

Has the Drew Peterson-Kathleen Savio Story Awakened Will County Politicians and Law Enforcement?

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

For four months I explored how authorities in Bolingbrook, Will County, and at the Illinois State Police managed to let a screaming woman slip silently through the cracks. So why couldn't I tear myself away from a week-old Sports Illustrated to watch the Drew Peterson arrest coverage?

What's New in Bolingbrook? Not Much

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

For a community whose motto is "a place to grow," nothing in Bolingbrook ever seems to change.

U.S. Mayors: Groping for Hope in the Grip of Reality

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

It was Napoleon who said, "A leader is a dealer in hope." Well, we know how things turned out for Napoleon.

Mommy, Where Do Blagojeviches Come From?

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

For many years after moving to Chicago I witnessed Illinois politicians and I asked my Ohio self: "These people were innocent children once. How did they get this way?"