Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) Newspapers http://www.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/suntimes.gif Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Cook County Judge Michael Howlett Jr. dies at 65 ]]> Lead story image

Cook County Circuit Judge Michael J. Howlett Jr., who investigated U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright, died Sunday of prostate cancer at his Winnetka home. He was 65. ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:18:59 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/26287918-418/cook-county-judge-michael-howlett-jr-dies-at-65.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/26287918-418/cook-county-judge-michael-howlett-jr-dies-at-65.html <![CDATA[ 17 months in prison for businessman in Daley kin sewer scam: Watchdogs ]]> Lead story image

A former Mississippi sharecropper who landed millions of dollars in contracts from the city of Chicago was sentenced Thursday to 17 months in prison for his role in a minority-contracting scandal that involved sewer deals held by a company whose investors secretly included then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s son and nephew. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:17:45 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/26180669-452/17-months-in-prison-for-businessman-in-daley-kin-sewer-scam-watchdogs.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/26180669-452/17-months-in-prison-for-businessman-in-daley-kin-sewer-scam-watchdogs.html <![CDATA[ Donors find no great divide between Emanuel and Rauner ]]> Lead story image

An analysis of campaign contributions since Rahm Emanuel ran for mayor and since Bruce Rauner launched his gubernatorial campaign shows an overlap of more than 100 campaign contributors. ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:49:19 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25898045-418/donors-find-no-great-divide-between-emanuel-and-rauner.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25898045-418/donors-find-no-great-divide-between-emanuel-and-rauner.html <![CDATA[ Rutherford tries to keep GOP primary bid on course ]]> Lead story image

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford loves competitive sailing and has been a crew member several times during Chicago-to-Mackinaw Island races on Lake Michigan. But if Rutherford’s Republican campaign for governor is metaphorically like one of the racing boats that he has turned into a summertime hobby, it’s dangerously close to being swamped heading into the March 18 primary. ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:43:28 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25892718-418/rutherford-tries-to-keep-gop-primary-bid-on-course.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25892718-418/rutherford-tries-to-keep-gop-primary-bid-on-course.html <![CDATA[ Give Blagojevich, other federal inmates chance to shorten sentences: U.S. Rep. Davis ]]> Lead story image

U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., wants Congress to give federal inmates a chance to shorten their sentences – and thinks imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich who is serving 14 years in prison should qualify. ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:24:10 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25813279-418/give-blagojevich-other-federal-inmates-chance-to-shorten-sentences-us-rep-davis.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25813279-418/give-blagojevich-other-federal-inmates-chance-to-shorten-sentences-us-rep-davis.html <![CDATA[ GOP’s Dillard draws on time spent with Edgar ]]> Lead story image

Kirk Dillard is hoping recent endorsement help shifts his struggling fundraising, and he’s counting on IEA members who might typically vote for a Democrat to “cross over” in the primary and pull Republican ballots. ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:37:39 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25747366-418/gops-dillard-draws-on-time-spent-with-edgar.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25747366-418/gops-dillard-draws-on-time-spent-with-edgar.html <![CDATA[ Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe, pleads not guilty ]]> Lead story image

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds — an ex-con from Chicago convicted of bank fraud and having sex with a 16-year-old girl when he was in his 40s — has been arrested in Zimbabwe, said a Zimbabwean immigration official. The state-controlled newspaper, The Herald, reported that Reynolds was arrested Monday for allegedly possessing pornographic material and violating immigration laws. ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:21:39 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25668263-418/former-us-rep-mel-reynolds-arrested-in-zimbabwe-pleads-not-guilty.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25668263-418/former-us-rep-mel-reynolds-arrested-in-zimbabwe-pleads-not-guilty.html <![CDATA[ Bill Brady bets 3rd time’s a charm in GOP gov race ]]> Lead story image

In his third pursuit of Illinois’ executive mansion, Bill Brady finds himself squarely in the role of underdog, having taken some hard lumps in the past, running a shoestring campaign that may not have the resources to air a single TV commercial before the March 18 primary and getting outspent by GOP frontrunner Bruce Rauner by a nearly 54-1 margin during the last quarter of 2013. ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:23:52 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25591590-418/bill-brady-bets-3rd-times-a-charm-in-gop-gov-race.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25591590-418/bill-brady-bets-3rd-times-a-charm-in-gop-gov-race.html <![CDATA[ Cook County to settle deputies’ suit vs. Sheriff Tom Dart for $2.4M ]]>

The Cook County Board is expected to settle a federal lawsuit brought by 21 deputies who allege Sheriff Tom Dart retaliated against them because they backed his political opponent when he was running for sheriff in 2006. The deputies, who will split the $2.4 million settlement after the board votes on the matter next Wednesday, were members of an elite-but-troubled unit that specialized in quelling inmate disturbances. But they also drew headlines for rough treatment of inmates, said Dart spokeswoman Cara Smith, who described the settlement as “outrageous.” One member was later convicted of helping five inmates, including a convicted … ]]> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:44:39 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25581057-418/cook-county-to-settle-deputies-suit-vs-sheriff-tom-dart-for-24m.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25581057-418/cook-county-to-settle-deputies-suit-vs-sheriff-tom-dart-for-24m.html <![CDATA[ New PAC launches $2 million anti-Rauner ad campaign ]]> Lead story image

The newly formed Illinois Freedom PAC launched a TV ad combating Rauner’s contention that he will “shake up Springfield,” by drawing ties between the businessman and convicted insider Stuart Levine.Rauner has emphatically denied any impropriety tied to Levine and has publicly said he doesn’t know him. ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:50:39 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25536359-418/new-pac-launches-2-million-anti-rauner-ad-campaign.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25536359-418/new-pac-launches-2-million-anti-rauner-ad-campaign.html <![CDATA[ Rutherford first denies, then likens room-sharing with co-worker to NFL, NHL ]]>

In the midst of defending against sexual harassment allegations by one male employee, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford acknowledged that he had shared a hotel room with a different male employee on state time — “to save resources.” At a news conference he called to rebut sexual harassment allegations leveled by a high-ranking former staffer, Rutherford initially denied that he had shared a room with another male employee on taxpayer-funded trips. “We do that on the campaign side, we do not do that on the state side. And this is something that you do in small business. It’s something that your do in the NFL, it’s something you do in the NHL.” ]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:33:51 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25514586-418/rutherford-first-denies-then-likens-room-sharing-with-co-worker-to-nfl-nhl.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25514586-418/rutherford-first-denies-then-likens-room-sharing-with-co-worker-to-nfl-nhl.html <![CDATA[ Quinn calls for minimum wage hike, celebrates pension reform ]]> Lead story image

SPRINGFIELD — Declaring “we’re getting the job done,” Gov. Pat Quinn repeatedly insisted in his State of the State speech Wednesday that Illinois is on the rebound, but his 2014 rivals for governor blamed him for the state’s dismal unemployment rate and needled him for his silence about rolling back income-tax rates next year. ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:06:34 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25258118-418/quinn-calls-for-minimum-wage-hike-celebrates-pension-reform.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25258118-418/quinn-calls-for-minimum-wage-hike-celebrates-pension-reform.html <![CDATA[ Public-sector unions sue Gov. Quinn over pension reform ]]> Lead story image

SPRINGFIELD — Trying to trump Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address, a bloc of public-sector unions announced Tuesday they have sued the governor and other state officeholders in a long-expected bid to have last month’s pension-reform law declared unconstitutional. ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:21:30 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25237710-418/public-sector-unions-sue-gov-quinn-over-pension-reform.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25237710-418/public-sector-unions-sue-gov-quinn-over-pension-reform.html <![CDATA[ GOP governor hopefuls give views on expanded gambling ]]> Lead story image

Three out of the four Republican candidates running for governor say they are jittery about expanding gaming in Illinois, though each says they’re willing to consider expansion proposals — with caveats. ]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:45:50 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25162201-418/gop-governor-hopefuls-give-views-on-expanded-gambling.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25162201-418/gop-governor-hopefuls-give-views-on-expanded-gambling.html <![CDATA[ Priorities super PAC lines up for Clinton run ]]>

One of the most potent outside liberal-oriented political groups announced on Thursday that it would back Hillary Rodham Clinton if she chooses to seek the White House in 2016, the latest sign that senior members of President Barack Obama’s team were looking to line up with the former first lady. ]]> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:44:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25137383-418/priorities-super-pac-lines-up-for-clinton-run.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/25137383-418/priorities-super-pac-lines-up-for-clinton-run.html