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Murders in Chicago Increase as Overall Crime Falls

Murders in Chicago Increase as Overall Crime Falls

Crime statistics released by the Chicago Police Department Saturday show that crime overall has decreased this year, but the number of murders and shootings is up. Read »

4 hours ago

McCarthy Heads to D.C. for Summit on Gun Violence

McCarthy Heads to D.C. for Summit on Gun Violence

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy will make the trip to Washington, D.C. Monday to participate in a summit on gun violence with several other police chiefs from major cities. Read »

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 at 5:29 PM

Chicago Preliminary Budget Estimate Shows Huge Shortfall

Chicago Preliminary Budget Estimate Shows Huge Shortfall

A preliminary budget released by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shows a gaping budget shortfall for 2016 that could grow to $754 million and beyond — a total that is so high that the mayor might be forced to... Read »

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

Hastert Closes PAC, Moves $10,000 to Defense Fund

Hastert Closes PAC, Moves $10,000 to Defense Fund

Federal election records indicate that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has closed his political action committee and moved $10,000 of the money to his legal defense fund. Read »

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 6:56 PM

Mel Reynolds Accuses Justice Department of Racism

Mel Reynolds’ legal saga took yet another twist Friday. The former congressman appeared in court again to show the judge he had an approved place to live. But it’s what happened after court that is making... Read »

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Blagojevich Attorney Says He'll Ask Full Court for Rehearing

Blagojevich Attorney Says He'll Ask Full Court for Rehearing

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will ask a full appellate court in Chicago to rehear his appeal after a panel of three judges recently tossed five of his 18 corruption convictions, his defense attorney... Read »

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 at 9:09 AM

What You Need to Know as Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect

The new ban on plastic grocery bags in Chicago goes into effect Aug. 1, but many stores won't ditch the plastic completely. Read »

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 7:29 AM

Lindsey Graham Backs Mark Kirk's Re-Election Bid

Lindsey Graham Backs Mark Kirk's Re-Election Bid

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham brought his Republican presidential campaign to Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, where he voiced his support of Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk's bid for re-election. Read »

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 6:51 PM

Judge Gives Mel Reynolds 1 Day to Find New Housing

Mel Reynolds has a problem. The federal government does not like where he lives. So much so, that at one point Thursday, the former congressman was effectively homeless. Read »

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Illinois State Sen. Tom Cullerton Won't Run for Congress

Illinois State Sen. Tom Cullerton Won't Run for Congress

Illinois state Sen. Tom Cullerton says he's decided not to run for Congress to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. 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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