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Former Speaker Hastert Faces Federal Charges

Former Speaker Hastert Faces Federal Charges

Plano Republican withdrew funds in increments less than $10,000 each to avoid required bank filings, officials said. Read »

6 hours ago

Report Names Chicago "Corruption Capital of America"

Report Names Chicago "Corruption Capital of America"

Chicago has maintained its first-place status, but not for something the city should be proud of. Read »

5 hours ago

Report: Rauner Schools Czar Paid Through Agency Facing Cuts

Report: Rauner Schools Czar Paid Through Agency Facing Cuts

Gov. Bruce Rauner is paying the hefty salary of his new education secretary from the budget of the state human services agency, where he recommended millions of dollars in cuts to programs aimed at dealing with... Read »

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Rand Paul Visits Chicago's South Side

Sen. Rand Paul says violence that plagues lower income neighborhoods is "not a racial thing" but a "spiritual problem." Read »

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM

Dems Show Priorities as They Advance 2016 Budget Plan

Dems Show Priorities as They Advance 2016 Budget Plan

Illinois House Democrats introduce a 2016 budget they say cuts spending more modestly than Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal. Read »

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:17 PM

Dems Give No Hint of Compromise with Rauner on Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposals would impose term limits on lawmakers, freeze property taxes and tweak workers' compensation policies. Read »

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Prisons Director Resigns After Two Months on Job

Prisons Director Resigns After Two Months on Job

The governor's office gave no reason for the premature departure of Donald Stolworthy, named to the $150,228-a-year job on March 9. Read »

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4:16 PM

Closing Arguments Heard in Park Grill Lawsuit

A videotape from a meeting 13 years ago has surfaced, complicating the case between the City of Chicago and Millennium Park's Park Grill restaurant even more. Read »

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:51 PM

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Sent to Rauner's Desk

Illinois Senators on Thursday followed House action from last month that makes small amounts of pot subject to fine rather than arrest. Read »

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:39 PM

Fired State Employees Seek Back Pay, Threaten Lawsuit

Employees claim former Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired them 10 months ago for providing evidence in a sexual harassment investigation. 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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