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It amazes me how quickly the Tribune rushes to castigate Democratic leaders in Springfield for the pension crisis. Why, in the editorial Friday, did the Tribune stop at 2003, when the pension crisis predated that by decades? The Tribune editorial...
The public agency that owns U.S. Cellular Field agreed Tuesday to pay the legal expenses of its ex-chairman, former Gov. Jim Thompson, in a federal lawsuit brought against him last month by the agency's former executive director. The Illinois Sports...
Tags: Justice System, Trials, Politics, Pat Quinn, Government
Big Jim Thompson and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons insist there was no "preferential treatment" for formerly imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan. But we're all about preferential treatment here today. You're a former governor, Big Jim, and a former...
Tags: Prisons, Leukemia, Barack Obama, Politics, Government
We'll probably want to reach for ridicule when the George Ryan media circus is finally unleashed upon us. We'll see the old corrupt ex-governor leaving prison for a federal halfway house, perhaps as early as Wednesday. He might be on the arm of his...
With Tropical Storm Isaac threatening to turn into a hurricane and menace the Republican National Convention in Tampa early next week, Republicans must make a decision. They could just get sloshed on rum, margaritas and whiskey and ride out the storm...
When former Republican Gov. George Ryan gets out of prison, it'll be a big story, and his pal and former Gov. Big Jim Thompson will put an arm around old George and they'll pose for the victory photograph. And at least some of their lickspittles will...
Tags: Justice System, Government, Bribery, Politics, Cancer
Chicago Tribune reporterGov. Pat Quinn's choice to run the state agency that oversees the financial operations of U.S. Cellular Field filed for bankruptcy three years ago after racking up $102,500 in debt, mainly from credit cards, court records show. The revelation follows...
To the Honorable U.S. District Judge James Zagel Dirksen Federal Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn St., Chicago Dear Judge Zagel: I'm not some Indonesian orphan, or a young man suffering from cerebral palsy, or a Chinese political asylum seeker. And I'm...
An attorney for George Ryan says the former Illinois governor has qualified for work release five months before his July 2013 parole. According to Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson, Ryan's new home will be a halfway house in Chicago's West Loop...
When high-ranking University of Illinois administrator Craig Bazzani retired in 2002, the board of trustees praised him for his financial expertise, his efforts to modernize the university's operations and his knowledge of the state's political system....
What if lawmakers passed a bill that allowed two dozen hand-picked political insiders to fan out across the state and walk up to you and demand your cash? Not ask but demand. Got a problem? There is no passion in the demand, no anger, no urgency....
Most city workers spend decades in public service to build up modest pensions. But for former labor leader Dennis Gannon, the keys to securing a public pension were one day on the city payroll and some help from the Daley administration. And his city...
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