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Emanuel Gets Heat at 1st Town Hall Budget Meeting

City Hall prepared for disruptions Monday night in Mayor Emanuel’s first of three town hall meetings to discuss the city’s budget, and that is exactly what they got. Read »

Monday, Aug 31, 2015 at 4:12 PM

Moody's Warns Lawmakers of Budget Stalemate Impact

Moody's Warns Lawmakers of Budget Stalemate Impact

A major credit rating agency is warning legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner to reach a budget agreement by late September because it's linked to other massive financial problems. Read »

Monday, Aug 31, 2015 at 9:58 AM

Rahm Emanuel Participates in Triathlon

Rahm Emanuel Participates in Triathlon

Emanuel, who is known for his enthusiasm for fitness, participated in the event for the first time since 2011, posting a time of 1:39:58. Back in 2011, he finished the race at 1:36:50. Read »

Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Walker Says Wall Along Canadian Border Worth Reviewing

Walker Says Wall Along Canadian Border Worth Reviewing

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is putting a new twist on the topic of securing the border, a staple among the GOP candidates running for president, by pointing north. Read »

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 10:12 PM

Judge Orders Schock to Hand Over 3K Additional Documents

Judge Orders Schock to Hand Over 3K Additional Documents

A Federal Judge in Springfield has ordered former congressman Aaron Schock to deliver nearly 3,000 documents relating to an ongoing investigation of Schock’s campaign and congressional office spending. Schock... Read »

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 at 5:41 AM

Ex-Chicago Comptroller Extradited From Pakistan

Ex-Chicago Comptroller Extradited From Pakistan

Former Chicago comptroller Amer Ahmad has been extradited from Pakistan, nearly nine months after he was sentenced in absentia for his role in a kickback scheme at the state treasurer’s office in Ohio, according... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Trump Vows Never to Eat Oreos Again, Citing Move to Mexico

Trump Vows Never to Eat Oreos Again, Citing Move to Mexico

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeated his claim Tuesday evening that he would stop eating Oreos, citing the cookie maker's decision to close a plant in Chicago and move it to Mexico. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Chicago Board of Ed Approves New Budget Amid Protests

Members of the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass the budget for Fiscal Year 2016 as three different protests took place across the city in opposition to some of the proposed cuts. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Illinois Reporter Won't Shave Beard Until Budget Agreement

Illinois Reporter Won't Shave Beard Until Budget Agreement

A Peoria political reporter will remain in a hairy situation as long as Illinois legislators are deadlocked on a budget. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 at 5:41 PM

Rauner, Lawmakers Focus on Smaller Projects in Budget Mess

Rauner, Lawmakers Focus on Smaller Projects in Budget Mess

Illinois legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner bickered over potholes, airplanes and other smaller-ticket items Tuesday as officials prepared to answer a contempt charge in federal court alleging the cash-strapped... 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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