The home foreclosure crisis was upended this week by escalating probes into the banks' foreclosure paperwork. But the freezes on foreclosure proceedings and sales need to be accompanied by more principal write-downs and loan modifications by the banks, advocates say.
Sun-Times' reporters Tim Novak and Dave McKinney did the voting public a service by exposing
a loophole in Illinois' "statement of economic interest" disclosure
form that allows political candidates to hide familial relationships
with registered lobbyists. As the paper's editorial board writes, it's
crucial that the state forces lawmakers to admit publicly who in their
families could benefit from state laws.
GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady is calling on
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to investigate a large campaign
contribution that Gov. Pat Quinn received from Chicago-area Teamsters
unions. Brady is highlighting the fact that the donations came shortly
before Quinn issued an amendatory veto of legislation reforming the governance of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (known as "McPier")
-- a bill that the union opposed. Quinn responded that it is
hypocritical for Brady -- who voted in favor of legislation that
benefited his personal business -- to be calling for an investigation.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the latest Illinois Democrat to call on Scott Lee Cohen to abandon his bid for lieutenant governor. Meanwhile, Chicago Ald. Bernie Stone stood by his endorsement of Cohen.
A Chicago Tribune investigation has
found that while authorities have investigated at least 86 cases of
sexual violence against elderly and disabled residents of Chicago
nursing homes since July 2007, only one of those cases led to an