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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Court-Appointed Monitor Ordered for IDOT Hiring

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to review hiring problems at Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation, a setback for the Democrat running for re-election largely on how he... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Sun Times Reporter Resigns, Criticizes Paper's Leadership and Bruce Rauner

Sun Times Reporter Resigns, Criticizes Paper's Leadership and Bruce Rauner

The final straw, McKinney said, was the Sun Times' decision to reverse its three-year-old no endorsement policy and endorse Rauner whom McKinney sees as “the very campaign that had unleashed what Sun Times... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Bruce Rauner's Braggy New Ad Touts All His Media Endorsements

Bruce Rauner's Braggy New Ad Touts All His Media Endorsements

Like a kid who gets a gold star from a really mean teacher, and then posts it on the fridge for his parents to ooh and ahh over, Illinois' GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner is out with an ad touting all his... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM
Daily Dish: Wednesday's Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Wednesday's Political Headlines

10/22/14: NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has today's Chicago political headlines. Watch »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Emanuel Names Kurt Summers Jr. To City Treasurer Post

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday appointed Kurt Summers Jr. to the City Treasurer post being left by Stephanie Neely. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Court-Appointed Monitor Ordered for IDOT Hiring

Court-Appointed Monitor Ordered for IDOT Hiring

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to investigate hiring at Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Department of Transportation, saying the monitor would help with compliance of a decades-old ban... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Bloomberg Pours $1.9 Million Into Pro-Dold Ad Buy

Bloomberg Pours $1.9 Million Into Pro-Dold Ad Buy

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's political action committee Independence USA is pouring $1.9 million into an television ad buy backing Illinois congressional candidate Bob Dold. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 7:47 AM

VP Biden to Campaign in Illinois Today

VP Biden to Campaign in Illinois Today

The vice president is expected to attend a rally in support of Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Durbin, Oberweis to Debate Wednesday

Durbin, Oberweis to Debate Wednesday

The candidates are scheduled to face off at a debate sponsored by WLS-TV, the League of Women Voters and Univision Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 5:55 AM

Former President Stumps for Quinn, Durbin

Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, saying Tuesday that the candidates focus on issues important to... Read »

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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.

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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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