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Chicago Tribune reportersThe state is squandering taxpayer money on dubious after-school grants, including many that rewarded one lawmaker's political supporters, a Tribune investigation found. In a church on Chicago's West Side, two homeless children fiddled aimlessly on...
Tags: Government Aid, Laws, Bankruptcy, Elections, Homelessness
President-elect Barack Obama called for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign on Wednesday, hours after the embattled governor reported for work amid charges he plotted to sell Obama's vacant Senate seat. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the...
Tags: Laws, Political Corruption, Elections, Harry Reid, Crimes
Monday, Aug. 25: ONE NATION Session begins at 3 p.m. Mountain Time, which is 2 p.m. Pacific and 5 p.m. Eastern. 3 p.m - 7 p.m. Call to Order The Honorable Howard Dean Chair, Democratic National Committee Former Governor of Vermont Invocation The...
Tags: North Dakota, Hawaii, Lawyers, Indiana, Caroline Kennedy
Tribune staff reporterIn an overwhelming rebuke of scandal-tarred Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Illinois lawmakers on Monday approved the state's first ban on campaign donations from supporters seeking lucrative state contracts. The 55-0 vote in the Senate came only days after...
The Swampby John McCormick One of the toughest ads yet in the presidential campaign was unveiled today by Sen. John McCain's camp. The spot focuses on Sen. Barack Obama's ties to Chicago's notorious history of shady politics. Called "Chicago Machine," McCain's.......
Spin CycleThe Blagojevich indictment potentially reflects badly on the reaction of one Senate prospect, described as "Senate Candidate 5," who may have been more responsive than others to the governor's shake-down schemes: "Later on December 4, 2008, ROD...
Tags: Jesse Jackson, Upper House, Parliament, Politics, Illinois
Tribune staff reportersThe last time Barack Obama delivered a formal address in Illinois' state capital, it was to mark the opening of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum where he hailed the 16th president as a man who "did not equivocate or duck or pass the...
Tags: Republican Party, New Hampshire, Elections, Death, Crimes
The Swampby Mike Dorning Former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris and Senate Democratic leaders determined to block his seating in the U.S. Senate plan to sit down Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol for a face-to-face meeting. Aides to Senate Majority Leader......
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterHe managed to burnish a reformer's reputation while swimming in the muddy waters of special-interest- infested state politics. He worked on a nice-guy image while practicing the hardball and brawling tactics of Chicago-style politics. Now, promoting...
Tribune staff reporterRezko rewind. Day 8 March 14, 2008; 5:13 a.m. A hospital lobbyist testified at the Tony Rezko corruption trial that he feared the friend and fundraiser of Gov. Rod Blagojevich would turn a hospital regulatory board against his clients. So Jeff Ladd, the...
Ray Gibson and David JacksonBarack Obama has expressed pride in his ability to bring home old-fashioned pork. During his nearly eight years in Springfield, he tucked special earmarks into massive budget bills to shower small bequests on inner city schools, parks and youth service...
Tags: David Jackson, Michelle Obama, Trials, Elections, Public Finance
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