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Opportunities to bash state legislators are all too few, so it was delightful to see the story about an apparent "gotcha" moment concerning one from western Pennsylvania. An Associated Press story, published by The Morning Call on Thursday, said state...
Tribune reporterIndicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith was on his way Tuesday to writing a new chapter in Illinois political notoriety by regaining his House seat just months after being impeached and expelled over his arrest on federal bribery charges. Smith declared...
Tribune reporterOfficials from the Chicago Mayor’s Office and Illinois Secretary of State Department vowed Friday to continue their crackdown on the fraudulent use of disabled-parking placards in the city. City and state police have confiscated 41 placards and...
Democratic Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has her reasons for not endorsing Lance Tyson's bid for state representative. For a year and a half — from December 2006 until May 2008 — Tyson, a lifelong Democrat, served as chief of...
Tribune reporterWest Side Democratic leaders on Friday picked Chicago police officer Eddie Winters to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Derrick Smith, who was kicked out of office over a federal bribery charge by his Illinois House colleagues last week. Winters will...
Tags: Elections, Robert Fioretti, Politics, Democratic Party
— Democratic Rep. Derrick Smith on Friday became the first lawmaker tossed out of the Illinois House in more than 100 years, but he might not be gone for long. Shortly after his colleagues voted 100-6 to expel him, Smith took to his lawyer's office...
Clout StreetState lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905. Rep. Derrick Smith failed to show up to defend himself or hear his fellow House lawmakers condemn...
Clout StreetFederal grand jurors have sought records of legislative scholarships handed out by Democratic state Rep. Dan Burke of Chicago, a sign that authorities kept up a probe of the tuition waiver program even as legislators were moving to end it this spring. On...
Change of SubjectA roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review (WTTW-Ch.11) Guest host Eddie Arruza with Bruce Dold, Chicago Tribune; Mary Ann...
Tribune reporterDrivers who illegally use handicap parking plates and decals soon will face stricter fines and penalties under legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law today. Starting Jan. 1, fines for unauthorized use of placards for people with disabilities will...
Tags: Pat Quinn, Fines, Punishment
Clout StreetGov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a bill to kill the long-abused legislative scholarship program. "Instead of scholarships going to those who truly deserve them and qualify for scholarships to go to college, too often the program was abused in a...
Clout StreetWest Side Democratic leaders were unable to reach consensus Tuesday on a challenger to indicted Rep. Derrick Smith, but among the three finalists is the girlfriend of 28th Ward Ald. Jason Ervin. Democratic committeemen will reconvene Wednesday to make...
Tags: Jason C. Ervin, Elections, Robert Fioretti, Politics, Primaries
Nov 17, 2012 |Column| Allentown Morning Call
Nov 7, 2012 |Story| Chicago Tribune
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Aug 24, 2012 |Story| Chicago Tribune
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May 23, 2012 |Story| Chicago Tribune
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