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Report: Rauner Budget $3.5 Billion Out of Balance

Report: Rauner Budget $3.5 Billion Out of Balance

A Civic Federation report released Tuesday found that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s recently proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget has an operating deficit of $3.5 billion. Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Lucas Museum 'Seriously Pursuing' Locations Outside Chicago

Friends of the Park announced Tuesday that it opposes any site on the city’s lakefront for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, including the recently announced McCormick Place Lakeside Center plan. Read »

2 hours ago

Trump Takes Indiana, Pushing Cruz From Race

In a stunning triumph for a political outsider, Donald Trump all but clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a resounding victory in Indiana that knocked rival Ted Cruz out of the race... Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Illinois Democrats Propose Higher Taxes for Wealthy

Illinois Democrats Propose Higher Taxes for Wealthy

Illinois House Democrats who want the state to tax millionaires at higher rates plan to take up a measure that would ultimately let voters decide in November. Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 10:51 AM

Report: Emanuel Picks Zopp for Deputy Mayor

Report: Emanuel Picks Zopp for Deputy Mayor

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked Urban League President and CEO Andrea Zopp to be the city’s deputy mayor, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report. Read »

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 10:38 PM

Emanuel Backs Plan on Airbnb Surcharge for Homeless

Emanuel Backs Plan on Airbnb Surcharge for Homeless

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is backing a proposal by Chicago aldermen that looks to use a 4 percent surcharge from house-sharing businesses, like Airbnb, to fund services for the city’s homeless. Read »

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 10:36 PM

Things to Know as Lawmakers Return to Springfield

Things to Know as Lawmakers Return to Springfield

Following a weeklong break for the observance of Passover, the Illinois General Assembly will reconvene Tuesday. Read »

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 6:16 PM

City Seeks Reprieve From Lucas Museum Lawsuit

City Seeks Reprieve From Lucas Museum Lawsuit

The City of Chicago has formally asked for a 30-day reprieve from an ongoing lawsuit filed by the organization Friends of the Parks, noting that they are actively seeking a new site for the proposed Lucas Museum... Read »

Monday, May 2, 2016 at 2:25 PM

CPS Teachers Lean Against May Strike

The Chicago Teachers Union appears to be backing off an end-of-year strike, citing concerns about losing health insurance as well as pay all summer, as the committee tasked with setting a strike date is to meet... Read »

Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Alderman Refuses to Apologize For Using Racial Slur

A Chicago alderman doubled down on his controversial use of a racial slur Friday, after using the N-word in a Facebook post criticizing the reassignment of Blaine Elementary School principal Troy LaRaviere. 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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