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Barack Obama, who penned a 403-page memoir at age 33 and has a special skill for giving intricate answers to questions, has never been a man short on words. But this week, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate finds himself at a strange place in...
Tags: Illinois, Navy Pier, Barack Obama, Elections, Republican Party
Anticipating a quick end to Jack Ryan's candidacy for the U.S. Senate, state Republican leaders on Thursday began looking ahead to replace him on the November ballot, with former State Board of Education Chairman Ron Gidwitz emerging as the leading...
Associated Press WriterRepublican U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan said Tuesday he is staying in the race and expects to overcome tawdry allegations about his sex life, but some leading members of his own party questioned his honesty, and political analysts warned he can't...
Tribune staff reportersTop GOP officials said Tuesday they felt misled by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan when he assured them in recent days and weeks that his sealed divorce records would not embarrass him or a political party still struggling to regain its...
Tags: Illinois, Judges, White House, Springfield, Elections
Long before their candidate for U.S. Senate dropped out of the race, Illinois' Republican leaders had scheduled a retreat for this weekend at Chicago's Hard Rock Hotel. Now the beleaguered party also finds itself in a retreat of a different sort. Since...
Tags: Illinois, Oswego, Elections, Hinsdale, Illinois General Assembly
Tribune Staff WritersEvery year, around Labor Day, Karen Deering, an employee in the executive offices of then-Secretary of State George Ryan, had a curious encounter with Lynda Long, Ryan's longtime secretary. Long would emerge from her office, walk up to Deering's desk and...
Tribune staff reporterDeclaring he will be "stunned" and "damned mad" if new criminal charges against close friends prove true, Gov. George Ryan on Wednesday launched into a vigorous defense of his own honor as the scandal rooted in his tenure as secretary of state spreads....
Tags: Travel, Executive Branch, State Budgets, Prosecution, Bribery
Tribune Staff WritersAs early as 1991, Tony Berlin, an employee in the Illinois secretary of state's office, said he observed rampant cheating at the McCook driver's license facility and reported it to officials working for then Secretary of State George Ryan. Berlin said he...
Tribune staff reportersRepublican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes finished a booming stemwinder of a speech to his party's State Central Committee here on Thursday, then stepped away from the podium to find only a couple of people in the group rising to shake his hand. That's...
Tribune staff writersThe parochial and petty politics that have turned O'Hare International Airport into a treasure-trove for concessionaires and contractors also are at the heart of why the transportation hub is a quagmire of delays, hassles and heartaches. The political...
The city's search to affix responsibility for the deaths of 21 people in a South Side nightclub has centered on a son of one of Chicago's most prominent African-American families and a street savvy entrepreneur who served prison time for manslaughter....
A caravan of Illinois politicians barnstormed across the state Saturday in a last-ditch bid for votes, plugging their candidacies at events ranging from St. Patrick's Day parades and city bingo games to Downstate dinners. Just days before Tuesday's...
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