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There was little controversy earlier this year when Sen. Barack Obama endorsed Mayor Richard Daley over two black opponents for a sixth term, lending his star power to an inevitable rout. But Obama's record of local endorsements -- one measure of how...
Tags: Politics, Family, Primaries, Crime, Law and Justice, Values
Tribune staff reportersSen. Barack Obama tapped everyone from small Internet donors to Hollywood stars and industry titans to raise a towering $25 million in the first three months of this year. The eye-catching total is a far cry from his first bid for elected office a...
Ray Gibson and David JacksonBarack Obama has expressed pride in his ability to bring home old-fashioned pork. During his nearly eight years in Springfield, he tucked special earmarks into massive budget bills to shower small bequests on inner city schools, parks and youth service...
Tribune staff reporterDemocratic state treasurer nominee Alexi Giannoulias said Wednesday he was "embarrassed" by earlier remarks he made regarding millions of dollars in loans his family's bank gave to a convicted felon, and he tried anew to explain a relationship that has...
Cook County State's Atty. Richard Devine called Wednesday for a joint local, state and federal task force to investigate and prosecute mortgage fraud. In response to this week's Tribune investigation of the growing crime, Devine said he also plans to...
Tribune staff reporterHearing tearful pleas for justice, state and local officials on Wednesday announced a new campaign to combat the growing crime of mortgage fraud. Legislators at a special hearing in Chicago promised to introduce bills that would crack down on...
Tags: Loans, Terry Link, Foreclosures, Crime, Law and Justice, Finance
Tribune staff reporterIllinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan is suing MarTav Services Corp., a mortgage foreclosure bailout firm that promises to save the homes of cash-strapped owners, her office announced Thursday. In the controversial bailout deals, a homeowner typically deeds...
Tribune staff reporterIn a growing effort to stem mortgage fraud, state lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday aimed at so-called "mortgage rescuers"--con artists who promise to bail out cash-strapped families but often end up taking their homes instead. While legitimate...
The Swampby Frank James Here's the transcript for President-elect Barack Obama's news conference earlier today on the economy and his economic team: PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. Good morning. Please have a seat. Thank you all for being here....
Tribune staff reporterHis rented Impala paws the asphalt as the legendary investigative reporter takes a slow left off 47th Street and heads into the sunlight of Indiana Avenue. Seymour Hersh has come home again, to the rough-cut precincts where he spent a good chunk of the...
Chicago Tribune staff reporterThey called themselves the winter soldiers. In tattered Vietnam combat fatigues, the anti-war veterans marched through the small towns and strip malls of central New Jersey in September 1970. Staging "guerrilla theater" re-enactments of the conflict...
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