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Lawsuit alleging culture of patronage hiring under Quinn causes campaign ripples

Lawsuit alleging culture of patronage hiring under Quinn causes campaign ripples

CHICAGO | Allegations painting a culture of patronage hiring in Gov. Pat Quinn's administration became an election-year obstacle for the Chicago Democrat on Wednesday as good government groups raised concerns about the potential for corruption and his Republican challenger latched onto the idea.

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Patronage allegations give Quinn challenger fodder

Patronage allegations give Quinn challenger fodder

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and his Republican rival, Bruce Rauner, shake hands after they appeared together at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Association in Chicago. Rauner's campaign said Wednesday that Quinn was continuing with a history of hires that rewarded "friends an…

21 hours ago
Patronage allegations give Quinn challenger fodder

Patronage allegations give Quinn challenger fodder

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks April 11 at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Association in Chicago. Allegations of patronage hiring in Quinn's administration could be a re-election hurdle for the Chicago Democrat.

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High court upholds Mich affirmative action ban

WASHINGTON | A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

April 22, 2014 3:15 pm
In Internet TV case, justices show concern

In Internet TV case, justices show concern

WASHINGTON | Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

April 22, 2014 2:14 pm Photos

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In Internet TV case, justices show concern

In Internet TV case, justices show concern

Videojournalists set up outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2104. The court is hearing arguments between Aereo, Inc., an internet startup company that gives subscribers access to broadcast television on their laptops and other portable devices and the broadcasters.…

April 22, 2014 1:14 pm
In Internet TV case, justices show concern

In Internet TV case, justices show concern

A videojournalist sets up outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2104. The court is hearing oral arguments between Aereo, Inc., an Internet startup company that gives subscribers access to television on their laptops and other portable devices and the over-the-air bro…

April 22, 2014 1:14 pm

Study: Illinois law hits minority kids hardest

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A 32-year-old Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising their judgment and makes it more likely that those who are convicted will commit violent crimes in the futu…

April 22, 2014 7:07 am

Northwestern QB says union push was rushed, wrong

Northwestern's Trevor Siemian said Wednesday it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.

April 09, 2014 4:42 pm
Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 2, 2011, file photo, entertainer Mickey Rooney testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, about elder abuse, before the Senate Aging Committee. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander …

April 07, 2014 5:26 am
Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, file photo, Mickey Rooney takes the stage to make an award presentation at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, in Los Angeles. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander A…

April 07, 2014 5:26 am
Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Iconic Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

FILE - Entertainer Mickey Rooney is shown in this May 1987 file photo. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Holl…

April 07, 2014 5:26 am
Munster, Chesterton couples challenge Indiana gay marriage ban

Munster, Chesterton couples challenge Indiana gay marriage ban

INDIANAPOLIS | Two Northwest Indiana couples have joined a new legal challenge to Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages in a lawsuit filed by a national gay rights group.

March 13, 2014 6:30 pm Related
Friend: 'Mad' Pistorius shot gun out car sunroof

Friend: 'Mad' Pistorius shot gun out car sunroof

In this photo taken Monday March 10, 2014, Oscar Pistorius cries as he listens to cross questioning about the events surrounding the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in court during his trial in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is charged with the shooting death of Steenkam…

March 11, 2014 11:30 am

Judge's decision means NFL may have to pay more

NEW YORK | The NFL's concussion settlement popped back into the national consciousness Tuesday — and it's no closer to being resolved — just as the league was set for a big couple of weeks.

January 14, 2014 8:00 pm
A-Rod sues MLB, union to overturn drug ban

A-Rod sues MLB, union to overturn drug ban

This Oct. 1, 2013 file photo shows New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrivng at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York. Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players' union Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled t…

January 13, 2014 4:11 pm

30 months prison for Jesse Jackson Jr., 1 year for wife

WASHINGTON | Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, the judge scolding the son of the famed civil rights leader for using the money as a "piggy bank" and sentencing his wife to a year…

August 14, 2013 5:00 pm Related
Former Ill. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to be sentenced

Former Ill. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to be sentenced

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, arrive at federal court in Washington, Wednesday to learn their fates when a federal judge sentences the one-time power couple for misusing $750,000 in campaign money on everything from a gold-plated Rolex watch and mink capes to v…

August 14, 2013 8:07 am

NCAA seeks dismissal of Paterno family lawsuit

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. | The NCAA asked a Pennsylvania court on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of the late coach Joe Paterno that seeks to overturn the sanctions against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

July 23, 2013 6:45 pm
Forfeiture motion names ex-Rep. Jackson's homes

Forfeiture motion names ex-Rep. Jackson's homes

CHICAGO | Government prosecutors on Friday filed a forfeiture motion naming the homes of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, in a move legal observers said could result in them losing one or both homes.

June 28, 2013 8:30 pm
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