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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 11:24 PM

Ill. Government Shutdown Looms as Budget Deadline Nears

Time is running out for Illinois legislators to pass a budget before opening up the possibility of the first state government shutdown in Illinois history. Read »

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 11:24 PM

Legislators Meet With Rauner, Report No Progress

The four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly met with Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday, less than 48 hours before a deadline to have a state budget deal in place. Read »

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 9:29 PM

Trump Addresses Immigration, NBC in City Club Speech

Three hundred lucky people snagged tickets to Donald Trump's speech at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, where the billionaire presidential candidate spoke about immigration, among other issues. Read »

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 5:52 AM

Donald Trump to Speak at City Club of Chicago

Donald Trump to Speak at City Club of Chicago

Following his recent announcement of a presidential bid, celebrity businessman Donald Trump will speak at the City Club of Chicago Monday. Read »

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 7:04 PM

Rauner's Request for 5 Business Reforms Holds Up Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner has an answer to the state Capitol budget impasse: adopt five "structural reforms" that make it cheaper to do business in Illinois. Read »

Saturday, Jun 27, 2015 at 11:57 AM
How CPS Borrowing Plan Will Affect Taxpayers

How CPS Borrowing Plan Will Affect Taxpayers

The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday voted in favor of plans to borrow more than $1 billion to help the cash-strapped school district immediately and in the coming budget year. Brian Battle from... Watch »

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Chicago Raises Rainbow Flag at City Hall

In celebration of equality, Chicago raised a rainbow flag above City Hall Friday. Read »

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 9:17 PM

Former Rep. Reynolds Indicted on Tax Evasion Charges

Former Rep. Reynolds Indicted on Tax Evasion Charges

Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds has been indicted on federal tax evasion charges. Read »

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Chicago Plans Celebration Events Following Gay Marriage Ruling

Chicago on Friday will join cities across the country to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Read »

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 5:52 PM

'Momentous Victory': Illinois Pols React to SCOTUS Ruling

Illinois politicians on Friday lauded the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling to make gay marriage legal nationwide. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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