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Dick Simpson

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dennis Hastert

What Was Former Speaker Hastert Allegedly Trying To Cover Up? It’s Anyone’s Guess

The longtime Republican lawmaker allegedly paid about $1.7 million in cash to a longtime acquaintance – identified as Individual A in the indictment – beginning in 2010, to conceal misconduct that occurred years earlier.


(Credit: University of Illinois Press)

Corruption In Illinois Didn’t Start With Chicago, But Chicago Started With Fraud

A new book about Illinois politics shows its not-so-proud tradition of corruption dates back further than you might have guessed.


A city plow clears a residential street in the Bucktown neighborhood. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Political Scientist: The More Clout, The Faster Your Chicago Ward Gets Plowed

Four days after the blizzard, some neighborhoods feel slighted, CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.


(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Study: City Council A Bigger Rubber Stamp For Emanuel Than For The Daleys

The City Council has bristled under criticisms that it is little more than a rubber stamp for Chicago’s mayors, but a new study has revealed that label is more accurate now than ever.


Blagojevich Leaves

Blagojevich Approaches First Year Behind Bars

At last report from his attorneys, Blagojevich was about to begin working in the prison library last November, after starting out washing dishes like any other new inmate.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2013

The Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago. (CBS)

Homicide Rate Not Hurting City Tourism

Tourism officials are keeping an eye on the headlines but say the city’s homicide rate doesn’t seem to be keeping visitors away.


Thousands of Chicago public school teachers and their supporters march through the Loop and in front of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) headquarters on September 10, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Teachers Union hit the picket lines Monday morning after failing to reach an agreement with the city on a new contract. With about 350,000 students, the Chicago school district is the third largest in the United States.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Analyst: Contract Dispute Has Strengthened Chicago Teachers Union

With both sides in the Chicago teachers’ strike optimistic a deal to end the walkout could be done by the end of the day, one Chicago political analyst said the Chicago Teachers Union could come out a big winner, and not just in terms of the contract they’re likely to get.


City Hall

Chicago Called Most Corrupt City In Nation

A former Chicago alderman turned political science professor has found the Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country.


Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Experts: Stiff Sentence For Blago May Not Deter Corruption

Observers say the stiff sentence given to disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday was warranted, but some doubted whether it will deter corrupt office-holders.


Illinois State Senator, Rev. James Meeks (D-Chicago)

Meeks Won’t Run For Another Term In State Senate

Rev. and State Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) is the latest in a line of Chicago area lawmakers who have decided not to seek re-election.

WBBM Newsradio–11/10/2011

Cook County Seal

Prof: Online Meeting On County Budget Is ‘Awkward’ Format

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will hold an online town hall meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss county business and the coming budget.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2011

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

Big Changes In Store For City Council

Chicagoans aren’t just voting for a new mayor. Many of them will be selecting new aldermen on Tuesday.


Stroger Todd John

Prof: Both Strogers Achieved At County Board

Looking back as new board president to be sworn in: John Stroger replaced old County Hospital, Todd put through tax hike to keep county afloat.

WBBM Newsradio–12/02/2010