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5 hours ago

Rauner Signs Compromise Plan to Fix Budget Hole

Rauner Signs Compromise Plan to Fix Budget Hole

The $35.7 billion budget lawmakers passed last spring that didn't allocate enough money for expenses, creating the $1.6 billion gap. Read »

6 hours ago

Jackson Jr. Begins Term at Halfway House

Former Illinois congressman arrived Thursday night at a Baltimore facility called "Volunteers of America." Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 8:04 PM

Emanuel, Garcia Debate in Race For Chicago Mayor

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia are meeting Thursday for the second of three televised debates before next month's mayoral election. Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 5:03 PM

What Does High Early Vote Turnout Mean for Chicago's Election?

What Does High Early Vote Turnout Mean for Chicago's Election?

This week Chicago voters have turned out to vote early in record numbers. We spoke with experts and both campaigns to try and determine which mayoral candidate will benefit most from it. The answer? 'It... Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Karen Lewis Lunches With Chuy Garcia

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis met mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for lunch Thursday, just weeks before Chicago voters decide who will be the next mayor of Chicago. Read »

6 hours ago

Schock Says He Leaves Congress With Sadness, Humility

Embattled Illinois congressman gave his farewell speech Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives. Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Opinion: Why Jesse Jr. Could Make a Comeback

Opinion: Why Jesse Jr. Could Make a Comeback

Jesse Jackson Jr. is out of prison, with a long road ahead of him, still. However, it wouldn't be impossible for him to eventually make a return to public life, and even elected office. Elias Cepeda explains... Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Has JJJr. Repaid His Debt to Society?

Has JJJr. Repaid His Debt to Society?

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from an Alabama prison Thursday morning after serving more than a year for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds. Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:16 AM

Blagojevich Brother: JJJr. Was Behind Senate Seat Scheme

Because he had access to trial discovery in the case, Robert Blagojevich said he read the FBI's interview report of interviews with everyone, including Jesse Jackson Jr. Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 9:47 PM

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Leaves Prison

Jackson served time after pleading guilty to charges he illegally spent $750,000 in campaign funds on items like furs and vacations. 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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