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Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:21 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Christie's Visit to Chicago Includes Trip to Portillo's

Christie's Visit to Chicago Includes Trip to Portillo's

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Chicago Friday night to support Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 4:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Anshoo Sethi, the young owner of a failed O'Hare-area motel, managed to trick Illinois' political heavies into supporting his grand ambition to erect a massive $913 million hotel-and-convention center near... Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Attends Beyonce Concert After Chicago Fundraiser

After headlining a fundraiser at Chicago's Waldorf Astoria on Thursday, Michelle Obama stopped by River North eatery Sunda (where she posed for a photo with spotlight-chasing restaurateur Billy Dec) before... Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Aldermen Ask IG to Open Probe Into Red Light Tickets

Aldermen Ask IG to Open Probe Into Red Light Tickets

The alderman are asking for details pertaining to the program and for specific data on the system’s management, standards, revenue and other facts. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Concept Schools' Expansion Plans Highlight Double Standards for Charters

Concept Schools' Expansion Plans Highlight Double Standards for Charters

Back in the old days, it used to be that an FBI raid on a private company meant something. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM
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By Phil Rogers

House Ethics Committee Extends Inquiry of Bobby Rush

House Ethics Committee Extends Inquiry of Bobby Rush

The House Committee on Ethics says it is extending its inquiry into Congressman Bobby Rush for 45 days, and will announce a course of action on or before November 10, 2014. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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By The Associated Press

Durbin, ATF Chief to Visit Chicago Crime Center

Durbin, ATF Chief to Visit Chicago Crime Center

ATF director B. Todd Jones will tour the new center that authorities hope will help stem gun-related violence in the nation's third latest city. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report

Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report

Gov. Pat Quinn wrote a personal check for $1,000 to help the family of slain 11-year-old Shamiya Adams pay for her funeral this weekend. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM
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By Associated Press

Emanuel Admits Red Light Cameras Need a Review

Emanuel Admits Red Light Cameras Need a Review

Emanuel's statements come after media reports about at least 9,000 questionable tickets at a dozen city intersections. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago

NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago

Groups supporting gay marriage and other causes say they plan to protest outside the fundraiser. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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