April 19, 2012 The longtime treasurer of the small city of Dixon is accused of stealing more than $30 million from city coffers over the past six years. Federal prosecutors say she used the funds to finance a lavish lifestyle that included a world-class horse-breeding operation and a $2 million luxury motor home.
March 19, 2012 It's another furious dash to the finish line as delegate-rich Illinois holds its Republican presidential primary Tuesday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is looking to increase his delegate lead. And he's still searching for that decisive win over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
March 16, 2012 Redistricting is forcing a handful of congressional incumbents of the same party to run against each other in primaries. Next Tuesday, two Illinois Republicans square off in a battle of experience versus relative youth, Tea Party versus GOP establishment, and conservative versus conservative.
March 6, 2012 The Indiana city known as the RV capital of the world took a hit when the economy — and with it, the demand for recreational vehicles — took a nosedive. Soon, the manufacturing-dependent area had the nation's highest jobless rate. Local officials pinned recovery hopes, and a lot of government money, on electric vehicles — a bet that didn't pay off. But now the RV business is picking up again.
February 2, 2012 The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office was so far behind in burials for the poor that bodies have been stacking up, making it difficult for some to find or view their deceased loved ones. "It's an unimaginable pain, what these families have gone through," says one local pastor.
January 10, 2012 The drugstore chain's new 27,000-square-foot location in the heart of Chicago has a fresh bakery, a sushi bar and a cigar humidor, among other amenities. "Anything of this size in today's economy is a risk," says one analyst, but it seems to be a calculated one to distinguish the chain's brand.
January 3, 2012 On caucus day in Iowa, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked whether nominating a social conservative might sink the party's chances of winning the White House in November.
January 3, 2012 In a last-minute pitch he hoped would make inroads with voters concerned about electability, Gingrich waxed nostalgic about Ronald Reagan and derided Washington as "cloud cuckoo land."