| Sep 8, 2013
In all, John Kuntz and his family traveled more than 5,000 miles on their summer road trip, hitting Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and Grand Teton in Wyoming.
It was, the Akron, Ohio, resident said, a good trip.
Except for a small glitch in...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom ended his exploratory bid for state treasurer Thursday and said he is endorsing outgoing House Republican leader Tom Cross for the post.
Schillerstrom, who ended a run for the 2010 Republican...
| Sep 1, 2013
It was a double whammy for political junkies last week when Republican Dan Proft and Democrat Kwame Raoul announced that they would not be seeking their party's nomination for governor in 2014.
Both would have made their party's primary races more...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 4:32 PM
This item from my Sunday print column is a greatly expanded version of a blog item from Thursday It was a double whammy for political junkies last week when Republican Dan Proft and Democrat Kwame Raoul announced that they would......
| Aug 25, 2013
| 4:16 PM
The busy chief executive of the nation's fifth-largest state probably wouldn't be expected to set aside time to attend an initial hearing in a lawsuit filed against him, but there was Gov. Pat Quinn on the 23rd floor of the Daley Center.
| Aug 21, 2013
| 11:58 AM
SPRINGFIELD — House Republican leader Tom Cross told his members today that he is looking at a run for state treasurer, potentially changing his career plans for the second time in a matter of weeks.
Cross informed his fractured House GOP caucus...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 7:07 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The two Democrats running for governor squared off for the first time Wednesday, with challenger Bill Daley contending the party will lose the office if he's not the nominee next year and Gov. Pat Quinn vowing to defeat all comers....
| Aug 14, 2013
Here are the results of an unscientific survey of Democratic-leaning folks with whom I talk or trade messages about politics:
Gov. Pat Quinn is an honest, well-meaning man but he doesn't seem to know how to get the job done in Springfield.
| Aug 13, 2013
The night Joaquin Santana risked his life attempting to save a friend, he was doing "what any other decent human being would have done," he says.
He heard her cries and ran to her, bounding into a knife attack that took her life and left him wounded. It...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 4:35 PM
When Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan publicly pulled the plug on a run for governor, she announced that she "never planned to run" for the state's top office as long as her father remained House speaker, given the inherent conflict.
| Aug 6, 2013
| 7:36 AM
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton stepped up their effort Monday to persuade a judge to pay all 177 lawmakers even though Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries for failing to rein in Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension...