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By Marcus Riley
      

Rahm Visits Family of Slain 11-Year-Old Girl

Mayor: "They are in our thoughts and prayers." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Bruce Rauner: "I Love Uber"

Bruce Rauner:

Republican gubernatorial candidate says stifling ride-share companies sends message that "Illinois is closed to innovation." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as "Reckless"

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as

Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, Paul Vallas, unleashed his inner Rahm Emanuel while slamming Bruce Rauner's newly released tax plan as "totally disingenuous if not totally dishonest." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs $1 Billion Road Project Plan

Quinn Signs $1 Billion Road Project Plan

The Chicago Democrat approved the bipartisan legislation that also will provide lawmakers with opportunities to attend popular ribbon-cutting ceremonies in an election year. The plan got overwhelming support in... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Suddenly, Rahm’s Millions May Not Be Enough

Opinion: Suddenly, Rahm’s Millions May Not Be Enough

A number of key similarities exist between the 2014 Newark mayoral race and the upcoming Chicago election. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Are the Obamas Moving to California?

Are the Obamas Moving to California?

President Obama and First Lady Michelle are the buyers of a $4.25 million home in California's Rancho Mirage, according to reports. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Gets Labor Union Love

Emanuel Gets Labor Union Love

Not every Chicago labor union is coalescing behind prospective mayoral candidate Karen Lewis. When Rahm Emanuel held a press conference to herald the ground-breaking of Wolf Point West Tower -- a 48-story, $160... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Prison Sentencing Reform Could Stem Gun Violence

Prison Sentencing Reform Could Stem Gun Violence

As NBC Chicago previously reported, in devastating detail, at least 40 people were shot over the weekend resulting in four fatalities. The key to curbing the gun-fueled bloodshed in Illinois could be prison... Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

The progressive group that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is shifting its focus to Chicago ahead of a mayoral race that could see Rahm Emanuel battling union leader-activist Karen Lewis. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM
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By Christian Farr
      

Chicago Summit Addresses Gang Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago's police superintendent and community leaders Monday for a closed-door meeting to solve the city's crime epidemic. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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