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2 hours ago

Schock Reimburses Private Plane Expenses for Bears Game

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has reimbursed the U.S. government for more than $1,200 to travel to a Chicago Bears football game last November. Read »

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 at 10:28 AM

Preckwinkle to Remain Silent on Mayoral Race

Preckwinkle to Remain Silent on Mayoral Race

In advance of a Casimir Pulaski Day event, Preckwinkle told reporters she was "staying out of it." Read »

3 hours ago

Schock Billed Taxpayers for Private Plane to Bears Game

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock billed taxpayers more than $10,000 on private flights last fall that included a trip to a Chicago Bears football game. Read »

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 at 10:06 AM

Should the Obama Library be an Issue in Mayoral Race?

Should the Obama Library be an Issue in Mayoral Race?

Chicago is in competition with New York and Honolulu for President Obama's library and museum. Read »

2 hours ago

Poll Shows Dead Heat Between Emanuel, Garcia

More than 2,000 people were polled over two days last week. Read »

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 at 8:58 AM

Lawmakers to Propose Bill to Battle Heroin Abuse

Lawmakers to Propose Bill to Battle Heroin Abuse

Bill would require drugs combatting heroin overdoses to be dispensed more widely to those who have been trained to properly administer them. Read »

Sunday, Mar 1, 2015 at 10:27 PM

Wilson Meets With Mayoral Candidates

Wilson Meets With Mayoral Candidates

Over the weekend, former mayoral candidate Willie Wilson met with both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, but Wilson has not yet given his endorsement. Read »

Sunday, Mar 1, 2015 at 4:31 PM

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Participates in Polar Plunge

Jesus

Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn weren't the only public figures to jump into a frigid Lake Michigan at Sunday's Polar Plunge. Read »

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Emanuel, Garcia Court Wilson's Endorsement

Just five weeks before the runoff election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia met with former challenger Willie Wilson in the hopes of gaining the support of his voters. Read »

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 4:57 PM

Rep. Schock Reimbursed Costs For Lavish Decor

Rep. Schock  Reimbursed Costs For Lavish Decor

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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