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Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Former Daley Staffer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement, Fraud

Former Daley Staffer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement, Fraud

Gene Lee, an aide to Daley for years and a leader of Chicago’s Chinatown community, admitted he took at least $5,000 from a charity, spent it on himself, then failed to pay taxes on it. Read »

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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By By Carol Marin & Don Moseley

Nanci Koschman Sues Police Over Civil Rights Violation

Saying officers of the Chicago Police Department fabricated evidence and covered up facts in order to protect “the entire Daley dynasty,” attorneys for Nanci Koschman filed a civil rights lawsuit in Federal... Read »

Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 5:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Former Mayor Daley to Remain in the Hospital

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley remains in the intensive care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to a family spokesperson. Read »

Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson and Mary Ann Ahern

Former Mayor Daley Taken To ICU

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was taken to the intensive care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, officials said Saturday. Read »

Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 8:10 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley, Tim Novak, Chris Fusco

Vanecko Pleads Guilty in Koschman Death

A plea deal has been reached in the case of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, charged in the 2004 death of 21-year-old David Koschman of Mt. Prospect. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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By The Associated Press

Judge Rules Daley Won't Testify in Torture Case

Judge Rules Daley Won't Testify in Torture Case

Judge Richard Walsh ruled Wednesday that lawyers for Stanley Wrice failed to connect Daley to the case. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley

Trial Date Set For Daley Nephew in Koschman Case

Trial Date Set For Daley Nephew in Koschman Case

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew will face an involuntary manslaughter trial in February in the death of David Koschman, a 21-year-old man from Mt. Prospect who died from brain injuries in 2004 after a... Read »

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 7:54 PM
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By Carol Marin, Tim Novak, Chris Fusco, Don Moseley, Dan Mihalopoulos, Courtney Copenhagen

No New Indictments in Koschman Case, Prosecutor Says

Special grand jury has been looking into 2004 death of Mount Prospect man for 17 months. Read »

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 6:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Chicago Will Never Be Ready for Reform

Why Chicago Will Never Be Ready for Reform

Want a long career in Chicago politics? Don't try to reform it. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By Edward McClelland

D.C. Wants Olympics: Can It Succeed Where Chicago Failed?

D.C. Wants Olympics: Can It Succeed Where Chicago Failed?

Can the nation's capital avoid the humiliation that befell Chicago in '09? Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Barack Obama

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