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Illinois Daily Fantasy Sports Betting Bill Shelved

Illinois Daily Fantasy Sports Betting Bill Shelved

Legislation to regulate daily fantasy sports betting in Illinois was shelved Sunday after the proposal became mired in vote-buying allegations. Read »

Monday, May 30, 2016 at 8:42 AM

Lawmakers in Springfield; No Compromise in Sight

Lawmakers in Springfield; No Compromise in Sight

In a rare Sunday session, lawmakers are back in Springfield ahead of the May 31st deadline, but the one person who is not there— Mayor Rahm Emanuel— is being singled out by Governor Bruce... Read »

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 8:44 PM
Deep Dish: Presidential Campaigns Pass $1 Billion Mark

Deep Dish: Presidential Campaigns Pass $1 Billion Mark

Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin review the week in politics in this week's deep dish. Watch »

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Rauner Vetoes Plan to Reduce Chicago Pension Payments

Rauner Vetoes Plan to Reduce Chicago Pension Payments

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a plan to reduce Chicago's payments to its police and fire pension funds for each of the next five years. He says it's the kind of "irresponsible" practice that led to Ill... Read »

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Illinois Medical Marijuana Pilot Program Extended to 2020

Illinois Medical Marijuana Pilot Program Extended to 2020

Rep. Lou Lang announced an agreement with Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday to extend the state’s medical marijuana pilot program to 2020. Read »

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Lawmakers Return to Springfield Sunday for Budget Hearings

Lawmakers Return to Springfield Sunday for Budget Hearings

Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield Sunday to hash out a potential budget plan with the deadline to make a deal coming at the end of the month. Read »

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 1:46 PM

GOP Attack Ads Target House Dems Who Voted for Madigan Budget

GOP Attack Ads Target House Dems Who Voted for Madigan Budget

A Republican political committee has released a stream of online attack ads focused on Illinois House Democrats running for reelection who voted in favor of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s recent budget... Read »

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Rauner: 'Let’s Get Reforms, Let’s Get a Truly Balanced Budget'

Rauner: 'Let’s Get Reforms, Let’s Get a Truly Balanced Budget'

Amid the state’s ongoing budget battle, Gov. Bruce Rauner continued to push for reforms and a bipartisan budget solution during a brief press conference Friday. Read »

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:29 PM

House Democrats Pass Budget Bill, Rauner Plans Veto

Illinois House Democrats pushed through a budget proposal Wednesday that looks to give extra aid to Chicago Public Schools, but the governor’s office has threatened to veto the measure, according to the... Read »

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Plan to Bar Yoga Teacher Training Heads to Rauner's Desk

Plan to Bar Yoga Teacher Training Heads to Rauner's Desk

A measure that prohibits new state regulations for yoga teachers will be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk Thursday to be signed into law. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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