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9 minutes ago

Pence: We'll Fix "Perception" Problem of New Law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday said a bill he signed into law last Thursday has been "grossly mischaracterized." Read »

2 hours ago

Krishnamoorthi Launches Campaign to Replace Duckworth

Krishnamoorthi Launches Campaign to Replace Duckworth

Raja Krishnamoorthi announced Tuesday that he plans to seek another run for U.S. Congress. Read »

3 hours ago

Poll: Emanuel Has Commanding Lead Over Garcia

Poll: Emanuel Has Commanding Lead Over Garcia

Emanuel's lead in the Tribune poll, conducted by APC Research, is wider than one released Sunday and conducted by Ogden and Fry. Read »

50 minutes ago

Pence in Op-Ed: "I Abhor Discrimination"

Pence in Op-Ed:

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says controversial bill he signed into law last week is not a "license to discriminate." Read »

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Garcia Gains Endorsement From African-American Women Leaders

With just eight days left in the mayoral runoff, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia gains the endorsement of African-American women leaders. Read »

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 2:18 PM

Rahm Wooing Indiana Businesses After "Religious Freedom" Act

Rahm Wooing Indiana Businesses After

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked Indiana businesses to consider moving to Chicago after Indiana's governor signed legislation that's been criticized over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and... Read »

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 6:24 PM

Duckworth Launches 2016 U.S. Senate Bid

Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke in 2012, plans to run for re-election. Read »

Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 at 6:21 PM

Garcia Gains Little Ground in Latest Poll

Garcia Gains Little Ground in Latest Poll

If the latest poll numbers are a reflection of the big early voting numbers, Mayor Rahm Emanuel should still feel comfortable. Read »

Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Fioretti Endorses Emanuel for Mayor

Ald. Bob Fioretti announced his support for Mayor Rahm Emanuel Sunday in the form of an endorsement with about a week until Election Day. Read »

Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 at 6:21 PM

Rahm, Chuy Cross Paths in Crucial Weekend for Early Voting

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus "Chuy" Garcia hit the streets for a big weekend of early voting and campaigning, their paths crossed in their final attempts to gain that key vote from the African-American... 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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