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48 minutes ago

Ald. Deb Mell Opponent Files For Recount

Ald. Deb Mell Opponent Files For Recount

A Chicago Public Schools teacher vying for the 33rd Ward aldermanic seat against incumbent Deb Mell filed legal paperwork on Tuesday setting the grounds for a recount — and claiming “machine dirty tricks” —... Read »

47 minutes ago

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Plug Budget Hole

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Plug Budget Hole

Democrats in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday introduced a plan that would allow special funds to be used to help plug part of a $1.6 billion budget hole, a proposal that Gov. Bruce Rauner's deputy chief of staff... Read »

5 hours ago
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The Many Faces of Rahm Emanuel

Photos of Rahm Emanuel's many faces. See Full Gallery »

5 hours ago

Rahm Responds to Sen. Kirk's Unofficial Endorsement

Rahm Responds to Sen. Kirk's Unofficial Endorsement

Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave a subtle affirmation of Sen. Mark Kirk's not-so-subtle statement about Chicago becoming the next Detroit if Emanuel wasn't re-elected. Read »

5 hours ago

Is Aaron Schock Toast in 2016?

Is Aaron Schock Toast in 2016?

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's relentless media beating isn't over yet. But how bad is the damage? Read »

5 hours ago

Ward Room Writer Mark Anderson Dies at 51

Anderson officially resigned from Ward Room on February 10, 2015. His illness made it impossible for him to do the work necessary to meet his own exacting political journalism standards. He died weeks later. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Rauner Says New Jersey is "Going Down the Drain"

Rauner Says New Jersey is

Illinois' governor has some harsh words for Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who helped Bruce Rauner in his election campaign last year. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 8:48 AM

Does Clinton's Email Use Hurt Presidential Run?

Does Clinton's Email Use Hurt Presidential Run?

The New York Times on Monday night published a report that Hillary Clinton only used a personal email address to conduct government business while at the State Department -- a possible violation of federal... Read »

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 at 8:15 PM

Former Gov. Quinn Earns $11,396 Monthly Pension

Former Gov. Quinn Earns $11,396 Monthly Pension

Former Gov. Pat Quinn receives a state pension of just under $11,400 a month, though it could shrink if proposed reforms he signed are enacted. Read »

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 at 5:21 PM

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 »

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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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