Jesse Brunt walks into the Dirksen Federal Court Building Thursday afternoon for his sentencing. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
THE WATCHDOGS: 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.
The Republican primary candidates face off at a business forum on January 16. | Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald-AP Photo
CHICAGO — The Republican primary battle for Illinois governor is coming to a close after an unusual campaign featuring unprecedented involvement by labor unions, allegations of sexual harassment and a millionaire who sunk more money into his campaign than any candidate seeking a gubernatorial nomination in state history.
Seeking to pacify frustrated immigration advocates, President Barack Obama is directing the government to find more humane ways to handle deportation for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, the White House said Thursday. With prospects for an immigration overhaul in Congress appearing ever dimmer, immigration advocates have been ramping up pressure on Obama to halt all deportations — a step the president has insisted he can't take by himself. But Obama is signaling he may be growing more inclined to test the limits of his authority in the face of congressional inaction.
Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. departed for a two-day trip to Ukraine on Thursday evening.
Students from David Axelrod’s Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago might be considered 1 percenters among the politically impassioned. A willingness to partake in civil discourse despite their wide spectrum of opinions in an otherwise raucous political landscape proves millennials may be forming opinions more critically than ever before
The two Illinois senators--Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Dick Durbin-- were among the 10 senators who forged a bipartisan agreement to restore long-term unemployment benefits on Thursday.
Hotdish horror! U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who is leaving office after her term ends, just lost her last chance to win the annual Minnesota “hotdish” contest this week.
It's not anything new, but it's still fun to watch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got heckled Thursday at a town hall meeting.
Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill., the chairman of the Senate panel funding the CIA, on Thursday sent a critical letter to CIA director John Brennan, backing the claim Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. made Wednesday that the CIA improperly searched the computers of her Senate Select Committee on Intelligence staff investigating the CIA use of torture.
The Illinois Republican race for governor is heating up, and a new ad appears to be causing Republican candidate Bruce Rauner to drop in the polls. It doesn’t attack his policies or character, but attacks nursing homes in which his private equity firm invested.
Over recent years, I’ve grown increasingly dismayed by the crude, rude, and downright nasty tone that has invaded not only political dialogue, but also our business and personal interactions.
Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. | AP Photo
WASHINGTON — In a last-minute bid to stave off a new chapter in the East-West crisis over Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Thursday that it faces immediate and “very serious” sanctions if it annexes Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region.
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