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What Was Former Speaker Hastert Allegedly Trying To Cover Up? It's Anyone's GuessThe 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.
Corruption In Illinois Didn't Start With Chicago, But Chicago Started With FraudA new book about Illinois politics shows its not-so-proud tradition of corruption dates back further than you might have guessed.
Political Scientist: The More Clout, The Faster Your Chicago Ward Gets PlowedFour days after the blizzard, some neighborhoods feel slighted, CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.
Study: City Council A Bigger Rubber Stamp For Emanuel Than For The DaleysThe 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 Approaches First Year Behind BarsAt 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.
Homicide Rate Not Hurting City TourismTourism officials are keeping an eye on the headlines but say the city's homicide rate doesn't seem to be keeping visitors away.
Analyst: Contract Dispute Has Strengthened Chicago Teachers UnionWith 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.
Chicago Called Most Corrupt City In NationA former Chicago alderman turned political science professor has found the Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country.
Experts: Stiff Sentence For Blago May Not Deter CorruptionObservers 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.
Meeks Won't Run For Another Term In State SenateRev. 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.
Prof: Online Meeting On County Budget Is 'Awkward' FormatCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will hold an online town hall meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss county business and the coming budget.
Big Changes In Store For City CouncilChicagoans aren't just voting for a new mayor. Many of them will be selecting new aldermen on Tuesday.