May 26, 2012 After more than a decade busting corruption, Patrick Fitzgerald is stepping down. The federal prosecutor, known as "Eliot Ness with a Harvard degree," went after the Gambino crime family, al-Qaida and even the White House — not to mention two former Illinois governors who are now in jail.
May 13, 2012 The first high-speed Amtrak trains outside of the Northeast Corridor are racing through parts of Michigan at 110 mph. But President Obama's ambitious high-speed rail initiative is otherwise in a slowdown mode, since lawmakers and some governors have not embraced the program.
May 8, 2012 The winner of the Dairy State's Democratic gubernatorial primary will face Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election June 5. After he took office last winter, Walker and fellow Republicans in the Legislature pushed through a law limiting collective bargaining rights, and the state has been on fire politically ever since.
April 23, 2012 Most Chicago public schools have less-than-six-hour school days — some of the shortest in the country. And many have no recess. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing to lengthen the day to at least seven hours. But critics say some crucial details are missing — especially, how much a longer school day would cost.
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.