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Confederate monument stands on Chicago's South Side as questions swirl around the country

A Confederate monument stands in Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago's South Side, commemorating the deaths of 4,000 Confederate soldiers captured and held at Camp Douglas...

Morning Spin: Speaker Madigan predicts embattled auditor general will be 'vindicated'

Bruce Rauner will visit a high school in Mt. Vernon in the morning and sign bills related to the Department of Children and Family Services...

At Cincinnati Opera, a gay love story unfolds in the shadows of McCarthy era

He lands a job as speechwriter to a U.S. senator on the recommendation of Hawkins Fuller, a suave if manipulative State Department employee who picks...

June 21 roundup: Senate votes down gun control, Clinton leads Trump in fundraising and more

Other Sunday acts include New Orleans Beau, Big Dog Mercer and Tynan. "Also on Sunday, we're trying something new. From noon to ... Terry D'Arcy...

Can Republican incumbents survive Donald Trump?

Ali, who died June 3 and was laid to rest last week, perfected this technique in his 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" bout against George...

My brief political adventure with Muhammad Ali

Wallace, a progressive banker who had worked in President John F. Kennedy's Treasury Department, later did good works in black communities, where Ali befriended him.

Rauner risks losing the blame game

Governors can start seeing nefarious plots where none actually exist — like when Gov. Bruce Rauner recently shut down a leaders meeting after Senate President...

Obama considering weapons sales to former enemy: Vietnam

"This is one of the last vestiges of a bygone era," said Joseph Liow, a senior fellow at the Center for East Asian Policy at...

The big sell: Making people care about infrastructure repair

... delays, with a growing chance of catastrophe like the recent all-day Metro shutdown seen in D.C., said Joseph Szabo, executive director of the Chicago...

Senator Clinton Served New York; In Primary, She Wants Payback

In eight years as New York's U.S. senator, Hillary Clinton was sole sponsor of just three laws: a post office designated for a military hero,...

Morning Spin: Rauner turns thumbs down on pension bill Emanuel wants signed

The bill was approved last June with Democratic majorities, but Senate President John Cullerton did not send the measure to Rauner's desk until last month,...

Hillary Clinton heads back to Chicago for Monday morning rally

Ted Cruz and Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ... Sanders will be going to Argo Community High School in Summit for a rally, an event...

Clinton takes on big companies to woo anti-establishment voters

Former Chief Operating Officer Keith Wandell testified before Congress in 2008 about the need to support the auto industry, but he never asked for money...

Obama says all are God's children in first visit to U.S. mosque

'Oh mankind,' the Koran teaches, 'we have made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another.'" ... And Ted Cruz, the victor in...

How Cruz engineered his Iowa triumph

Terry Branstad singled out Cruz as someone whom it would be a "big mistake for Iowa to support" because of his opposition to government support...

State senate candidates make case to local chamber

The March 15 primary will decide which of the three candidates will win the Republican nomination in the 26th District, which extends over portions of...

Morning Spin: Emanuel's CPS layoffs and how to bury bad news

Despite the Governor's desire to drive a wedge between Democrats in the House and Senate, neither President Cullerton nor I will agree to make changes...

As expected, ISTEP scores nose dive

Mike Pence and State Sen. Dennis Kruse, the GOP chairman of the Senate Education Committee, agree with Ritz, a Democrat, that the 2014-15 scores shouldn't...

Kirk Kerkorian, John Whitehead, King Abdullah

Pierre Claude Nolin, 64. Speaker of Canada's Senate since November 2014, he was appointed to the upper chamber in 1993 and helped his Conservative Party...

Senator aims to take back resolution honoring disgraced Fox Lake cop

State Sen. Pamela Althoff, R-McHenry, sponsored a Senate resolution mourning the death of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz eight days after the officer's Sept. 1 death.

County primary races shape up in Kane, DuPage and Kendall

Filing to run in the March election for the Republicans are Lauzen and Shepro for County Board chairman; Hartwell for circuit clerk; Hunt and Lee...

How Illinois Democrats hoodwinked the middle class

In 2011, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan attended a private fundraiser for Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. Madigan was a guest of the host,...

Morning Spin: Bush hits Chicago area for two-day fundraising swing

Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is scheduled to be in the area for a two-day fundraising trip that starts this evening in far west suburban...

State representative: 12 years of fiscal crisis must end

"Suburban Democrats have empowered House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and (Illinois Senate President) John Cullerton (D-Chicago), but they say they will act independently," Morrison said.

Illinois presidential primary not till March, but scramble to make ballot days ...

Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have been the most active in recruiting delegate candidates. But among the current front-runners...

A duel lesson for sparring Rauner and Madigan in the Land of Lincoln

Bruce Rauner, back to camera, shakes hands with Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan in February as Senate President John Cullerton stands by. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago...

Bush, Walker rack up super PAC cash in Illinois

With a background in horse racing, the Duchossois family knows how to hedge its bets, something it's doing when it comes to the 2016 Republican...

Indiana expanding access to heroin overdose antidote

Senate Enrolled Act 406 allows doctors to dispense, write a prescription or prepare a standing order for naloxone, or Narcan, if they educate at-risk individuals,...

Residents at 'beach blanket sit-in' demand Humboldt Park Beach reopen

By Meredith Rodriguez contact the reporter. Officials have said keeping Humboldt Park Beach open costs $1 ... "I don't think they really know …...

Members of secret legislative groups ID'd

Lou Lang and Elgie Sims. Republican Reps. Norine Hammond and Chad Hays. Democratic Sen. Don Harmon and Republican Sens. Darin LaHood and Chapin Rose are...

Oil producers face skeptical Congress in drive to end export ban

The HillJohn Hoeven, D-North Dakota, a member of the Senate energy panel, said lawmakers still need to convince voters that allowing exports won't cause them...

Sen. Kirk recalls New Trier days after receiving award

Sitting at the Hilton Orrington in Evanston on March 12, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk had plenty of memories running through his ... "My favorite day...

Bingo and buffet draw dozens to Norridge Park District

Betty Striedl has lived in Norridge since 1962 and is related to Betty Speers, also of Norridge, who has lived in town since 1956. "This...

Obama White House shows it can't take a joke

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The GOP produces a compelling dramedy airing in states with tight Senate races. And it's a bit of a cliff-hanger. (Source:...

Barack Obama, the bewildered bystander

There's a poignant moment midway through Ron Chernow's superb biography of George Washington when the father of our country, struggling to make his Mount Vernon...

Strong Presence of Democratic Leadership at IADO fundraiser

Sheila Simon, US Senator Dick Durbin, Representatives Jan Schakowsky, Bill Foster, Danny Davis, and Dan Lipinski; State Senator Daniel Biss, State Representatives Lou Lang, Michelle...

Keystone be darned: Canada finds an oil route around Obama

"It's always been clear that denying it or slowing Keystone wasn't going to stop the flow of Canadian oil," said Michael Levi, senior fellow for...

Obama decries income inequality in speech after $50000-a-person fundraiser ...

Obama, who returned to Washington after arriving in his hometown the night before, spoke to 25 people behind closed doors at the home of Meredith...

Vanished email archive a mixed blessing

I can remember myself as the victor in my vintage clashes (assuming and hoping that my opponents haven't saved copies that prove otherwise). And I...

Bridgeport greener with a new Daley in the wings

Former state Senate President Emil Jones was an authority on which politicians begat whom. "Mayor Richard M. ... It belongs to the family of Joseph...

Chicago executives taking the ice bucket challenge

CME Group's Terry Duffy couldn't lift the ice bucket because of a recent shoulder surgery, so he used his trusty assistants, his twin sons, to...

Is Obama in danger of impeachment?

(This interpretation was, not surprisingly, part of a frivolous effort to impeach U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Douglas, whom Ford denounced for espousing "liberal opinions,"...

Obama to dine with Kansas City penpals

SFGate The visits are designed to motivate Democrats to vote in the November elections, when Republicans stand a good chance of taking control of the Senate...

Obama to dine with Kansas City penpals

"Oh my God! I would love it!" she told Earnest in a video made by the White House . Obama has crisscrossed the country for...