| Nov 16, 2013
Mathews County voters: your civic duty did not end after the Nov. 5 elections.
On Saturday Democrats will hold an unassembled caucus, colloquially referred to as a firehouse primary, to pick a nominee in the special election to replace Lt. Gov.-elect...
| Nov 15, 2013
Illinois Republican Chairman Jack Dorgan on Thursday acknowledged a renewed divide between conservative and moderate factions of the GOP heading into next year's elections, and he likened efforts to bridge the gap to resolving differences between "the...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 4:32 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Oct 3, 2013
President Barack Obama obviously has a lot on his mind.
His angry Democrats are fighting those angry Republicans over the so-called government shutdown. It's not really a shutdown, even though the rhetoric suggests that the sky is falling and the seas...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 4:51 PM
A U.S. Senate committee cleared the nomination of Zachary Fardon on Thursday as the next U.S. attorney in Chicago, sending it to the full Senate for a final vote.
The unanimous voice vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee comes more than 15 months after...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Monday sought to move past a controversy that flared over his call for mass arrests of gang members by pushing for new federal gang-apprehension initiatives to assist local law enforcement.
Earlier this year, Kirk had...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 6:47 PM
SPRINGFIELD -- Out-of-power Republicans rolled out four candidates for governor at an Illinois State Fair rally Thursday that focused on regaining relevance by taking back the state's top job.
The contenders come with resumes as varied as the flavors of...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column Emcee: Are you going to be on your best behavior? Crowd: No! This moment, from an NPR report on last weekend's Fancy Farm picnic, the traditional kickoff for political campaigns in Kentucky, was yet another illustration of......
| Jul 28, 2013
New polls tell us that the public's attitudes about race relations have taken a hit since President Barack Obama's historic election. Can we all get along? Obama's election to the White House was a marvelous measure of how far the nation has come in terms...
| Jun 23, 2013
Faced with public outrage and congressional pressure, the oil company BP vowed six years ago to develop cutting-edge technology that could sharply reduce toxic mercury discharged into Lake Michigan by its massive refinery about 20 miles southeast of...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 5:29 PM
The Federal Election Commission has determined that U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's campaign did not violate election law when his then-girlfriend received more than $143,000 for campaign work not listed in financial disclosure forms.
Kirk's ex-wife, Kimberly...