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Video Shows Mayor's SUV Going Wrong Way Down Street

Video Shows Mayor's SUV Going Wrong Way Down Street

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's motorcade has again been captured on camera running a red light, and in the latest incident the vehicle is seen traveling down the wrong way of the street for nearly a full city block. Read »

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 at 9:26 PM

Low-Level Drug Offenders to Get Treatment, Not Jail

Cook County will no longer prosecute most misdemeanor marijuana possession cases and will steer many nonviolent felony drug cases in and around Chicago to treatment and away from jail. Read »

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 at 6:05 PM

Documents Reveal Byrd-Bennett Ties to Other Contractors

Embattled Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has links to another private education firm which did business with the Chicago Public Schools, and in 2011, auditors in Detroit investigated still another... Read »

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 at 5:27 PM

GOP's Darin LaHood Favored in Race to Replace Schock

The son of former White House cabinet member and longtime Congressman Ray LaHood remains the overwhelming favorite as the field takes shape for the race to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. Read »

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Interim CPS CEO Makes Changes on First Day in Office

The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools revealed plans to terminate a multi-million no-bid contract “if any wrongdoing is found” by federal investigators. Read »

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Rauner Attempts to Broker Mega-Deal in State Legislature

Rauner Attempts to Broker Mega-Deal in State Legislature

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has seized on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity. Read »

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 5:13 PM

CPS Chief Takes Leave Amid Contract Probe

Chicago Public Schools CEO submitted her resignation amid a federal probe into a no-bid contract awarded to one of her former employers. Read »

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 8:14 PM

Subpoenas Issued in CPS Investigation

Three CPS officials called to testify before a grand jury as part of investigation into no-bid contract. Read »

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 11:13 PM

Principal: Questions About No-Bid Contract Not New

The principal of school on Chicago's North Side school spoke out Thursday, contending that the training offered by a suburban company was inadequate and that questions about the no-bid contract Supes Academy... Read »

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 9:57 PM

Bennett's Future at CPS in Question Amid Probe

Federal authorities are looking into CPS CEO and a $20 million no-bid contract awarded to her former employer. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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