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Judge Gives Mel Reynolds 1 Day to Find New Housing

Judge Gives Mel Reynolds 1 Day to Find New Housing

Mel Reynolds has a problem. The federal government does not like where he lives. So much so, that at one point Thursday, the former congressman was effectively homeless. Read »

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Illinois State Sen. Tom Cullerton Won't Run for Congress

Illinois State Sen. Tom Cullerton Won't Run for Congress

Illinois state Sen. Tom Cullerton says he's decided not to run for Congress to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Read »

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 8:17 AM

Aaron Schock in Court on Possible Contempt Charge

Aaron Schock in Court on Possible Contempt Charge

Former Congressman Aaron Schock and his attorneys appeared in Springfield federal court this week for a hearing to determine if he should be held in civil contempt for failing to produce campaign and congressio... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 6:31 PM

Mel Reynolds Says He'll Plead Not Guilty to Tax Charges

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds on Wednesday said he will plead not guilty to federal charges he failed to file income tax returns from 2009 to 2012. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Poll: Scott Walker Leads GOP Field in Illinois

Poll: Scott Walker Leads GOP Field in Illinois

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the pack of GOP presidential hopefuls in Illinois, according to early polls released Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Patti Blagojevich Weighs In on Poaching of Lion

Patti Blagojevich Weighs In on Poaching of Lion

Former Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich has weighed in on the controversy surrounding a Minnesota doctor who is accused of poaching a beloved lion at a game preserve in Zimbabwe. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 6:23 PM

Sen. Kirk 'Not Surprised' Top Donor Flip Flops on Support

A top GOP fundraiser who initially called for Sen. Mark Kirk to step down has reversed his stance and pledged his support for the senator's re-election bid in a move that Kirk's campaign says is not surprising.... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Aldermen Propose Ban on Drones Near Airports, Schools

Aldermen Propose Ban on Drones Near Airports, Schools

Two Chicago aldermen introduced an ordinance Wednesday to City Council to ban drones from flying near airports and schools, among other designated places. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 6:18 PM

Alderman Proposes Tax on Sugary Drinks

Ald. George Cardenas submitted a proposal to City Council Wednesday to help tackle the city budget and simultaneously decrease obesity rates in the city. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 4:12 PM

City Council Votes to End Trash Pickup at Some Buildings

City Council Votes to End Trash Pickup at Some Buildings

In a bid to bolster the city's budget, Chicago's City Council voted Wednesday to end free garbage collection at large apartment buildings. Read »

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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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