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Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Rauner Attempts to Broker Mega-Deal in State Legislature

Rauner Attempts to Broker Mega-Deal in State Legislature

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has seized on Illinois' budget crisis as a political opportunity. Read »

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 5:13 PM

CPS Chief Takes Leave Amid Contract Probe

Chicago Public Schools CEO submitted her resignation amid a federal probe into a no-bid contract awarded to one of her former employers. Read »

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 8:14 PM

Subpoenas Issued in CPS Investigation

Three CPS officials called to testify before a grand jury as part of investigation into no-bid contract. Read »

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 11:13 PM

Principal: Questions About No-Bid Contract Not New

The principal of school on Chicago's North Side school spoke out Thursday, contending that the training offered by a suburban company was inadequate and that questions about the no-bid contract Supes Academy... Read »

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 9:57 PM

Bennett's Future at CPS in Question Amid Probe

Federal authorities are looking into CPS CEO and a $20 million no-bid contract awarded to her former employer. Read »

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 8:57 PM

Illinois' Medical Marijuana Chief to Step Down

Illinois' Medical Marijuana Chief to Step Down

Bob Morgan said it's been "an incredible honor" to lead the state's medical cannabis program. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 6:23 PM

Rauner Extends Tax Return Deadline for Tornado Victims

Gov. Bruce Rauner has extended tax return deadlines for residents affected by last week's tornado and severe weather in parts of DeKalb and Ogle Counties. Read »

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Schock Spent Big Until Resignation

Former congressman Aaron Schock may be gone, but he still has to explain himself to the Federal Election Commission. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 5:53 PM

Emanuel Disapproves of 'Chiraq' Film Title

Mayor Rahm Emanuel expressed his disapproval of the working title of the upcoming Spike Lee film "Chiraq" during a City Council meeting Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Election Expert: Lawsuit Against Schock Could Face Obstacles

A federal election law expert says a campaign donor's federal lawsuit against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock seeking a refund faces some impediments. 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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