Robin Kelly won yesterday’s Illinois Democratic primary for the vacated seat of former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. in a race that centered on gun control and the role of outside money in political campaigns.
Jesse Jackson Jr., the son and namesake of a civil rights icon and once a rising Democratic Party star, would have likely flown on Air Force One yesterday had corruption charges not short-circuited his political career.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn called on lawmakers to quickly resolve a growing pension crisis that has saddled the state with the nation’s worst credit rating and threatens to erode funding for education and other services.
With the exception of Obama, there are no bigger Midwest political names than Daley and Madigan. Their Democratic dynasties have dominated Chicago and Illinois government for much of the past half century.
Rod Blagojevich , the ex-Illinois governor on trial for the second time for alleged political corruption, denied some of the charges against him in a day of testimony sprinkled with celebrity references.
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, convicted of trying to trade a U.S. Senate seat for personal favors or campaign cash, may face more prison time than the 6 1/2-year term his predecessor got for political corruption.
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence should send the message that the public and judges are fed up with the state’s history of corruption, said the U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case.
Three brawling Illinois Democrats are presiding over a fiscal muck that has made the state the new archetype of dysfunction as longtime champion California last week projected its first surplus in a decade.
Standing between the hot-food bar and the stir-fry line in the Chicago federal courthouse cafeteria, Rod Blagojevich jokes with a Bloomberg reporter. He offers her a Pepsi, after learning she lives in Coca-Cola’s hometown, Atlanta.