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Legislative I.G. has financial ties to Madigan, other lawmakers

THE WATCHDOGS: The Illinois General Assembly’s recently appointed acting legislative inspector general has a resume that includes stints as a state’s attorney, U.S. attorney and top aide to then-Gov. Jim Edgar. That mix of political and prosecutorial experience was key to legislators’ choice of J. William Roberts for the job. But it could raise questions about his ability to impartially investigate lawmakers to whom he has ties, including Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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Emotional Frank Thomas shows heartwarming side in Cooperstown

RICK MORRISSEY: Once the tears started, they never really stopped. And seeing as how they started the moment Frank Thomas stepped to the podium Sunday, there was a very good chance he was going to be at flood stage three minutes into his Hall of Fame induction speech.

    The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Billy Joel/ And So It Goes/ Paris Hilton

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      How to choose: Red or white wine?

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      Plenty of action, muscles galore elevate ‘Hercules’

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      LOS ANGELES — You’ll have to say one thing for Brett Ratner’s production of “Hercules”: This movie has a sense of proportion. Running just over … Read More