| 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...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 8:42 PM
For months, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, brushed aside the notion that it would be a conflict of interest if she served as governor while he continued to run the General Assembly.
But on Monday, she...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 4:42 AM
The following guest commentary was written by Carl Levin, the senior U.S. senator from Michigan and the co-chair of the U.S. Senate Great Lakes Task Force.
We in Michigan know that the Great Lakes are a magnificent resource and unique in all the world....
| Jun 26, 2013
| 5:46 PM
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would authorize funding of programs to protect Great Lakes water quality.
Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Mark Kirk of Illinois introduced the measure Wednesday. They are co-...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 8:42 AM
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), in an announcement she concedes will cause controversy, says she now supports legalizing same-sex marriage.
“As one who is a strong proponent in personal freedom, in ensuring that government has a limited role in...
| Jun 21, 2013
My friends, you have before you the ancient scrolls that contain the Kassopedia, Vol. V, a compendium of the world's knowledge.
But first, remember what Sherlock Holmes once said.
The famous fictional detective noted that the human brain is like an...
| Jun 23, 2013
Immigration ironically has become the sort of wedge issue for Republicans that Republicans used to inflict on Democrats.
Back when liberal Democrats dominated Washington in the 1960s, Republicans, like Richard Nixon, divided their opposition with issues...
| Jun 16, 2013
What do political dads really want on Father's Day?
I'm not a political dad. So all I'd like is a pair of leopard-print spandex bike shorts and a Big Wheel Sidewalk Screamer, that I may go on bike rides with the mayor of Chicago.
But what do political...
| Jun 2, 2013
Today we start with a quiz. Two politicians, one black and one white, have a disagreement on an issue. One airs an opinion, and the other responds with a racial insult. What will happen next?
A) The politician who used the racial insult will be...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 5:41 PM
WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk reversed course Tuesday and announced his support for gay marriage, entering a contentious national debate and providing potential political cover for Illinois House GOP members who may soon vote on the...
| May 8, 2013
| 5:04 AM
Pat Brady’s resignation Tuesday as chairman of the state’s Republican Party was a move months in the making, an effort to leave on his own terms rather than being ousted for his support of gay marriage.
But in leaving the post, effective...