| Jan 29, 2013
| 1:33 PM
The first TV ad in the special primary election to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. comes from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super political action committee and targets Democrat Debbie Halvorson’s support of gun owner rights.
| Jan 30, 2013
| 11:12 AM
State Sen. Napoleon Harris of Flossmoor, sworn into his first elective office this month, is expected to drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District and will back former state Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson, a...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 4:18 PM
From now on Cook County will only be paying expenses for the prosecution of former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew, Richard J. Vanecko, and the manslaughter case will be handled pro-bono by the special prosecutor, officials said today.
Former U.S. Attorney...
| Jan 20, 2013
After two years of discussion, the Cook County Board last week approved the creation of a countywide land bank.
Now the real work begins for the land bank, which will accumulate unproductive properties, maintain them and hold them tax-free until agreed-...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 2:46 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Former state Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson will get the first spot on the ballot in special Democratic primary for the seat once held by former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
The Illinois State Board of Elections conducted lotteries today for the...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 4:34 AM
— If anyone thought gay marriage legislation would pass easily in Illinois, the initial hiccup Wednesday in the state Senate illustrated how hard-fought the issue is likely to be every step of the way.
A bill to allow same-sex marriage did not...
| Jan 6, 2013
The Chicago area's housing market saw the ever-so-small beginnings of a turnaround last year, as excess inventory started to be absorbed and price declines moderated and even showed improvement in some areas.
On New Year's Day, the Mortgage Debt...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 3:39 PM
John Daley’s fellow Cook County Board commissioners surprised him Tuesday with a resolution honoring his two decades as a county leader — and being “human.”
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle let out a big laugh when...
| Apr 25, 2013
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans kept hearing complaints from his judges about street gangs in their courtrooms using cellphones to photograph witnesses.
"They're bold and they're brash," Evans told me the other day. "They think they can do it in...
| May 14, 2013
| 3:26 AM
Illinois Republican leaders identified nine finalists Monday to replace Pat Brady as state GOP chairman, including several contenders who have been defeated in past elections.
The list could be narrowed even further when the 19-member state central...
| May 9, 2013
| 2:56 PM
When Chicago Tribune transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch was 13 years old, he and his grandmother took a ride on the opening day of what is now the Dan Ryan branch of the CTA Red Line -- a branch soon to face massive reconstruction.
In the Tribune...