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Red Light Camera Controversy in Mayoral Runoff

Flanked by those who want red light cameras taken down, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia promised Thursday to yank red light cameras from Chicago intersections. Read »

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:10 PM

Mental Health Activists Spar with Emanuel

"You're gonna respect me!" Chicago mayor allegedly screamed after being confronted about 2012 mental health clinic closures. Read »

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Unions Sue to Block Rauner's Order on Dues Collection

Unions Sue to Block Rauner's Order on Dues Collection

Twenty-seven unions filed a lawsuit Thursday against Gov. Bruce Rauner in an attempt to invalidate his executive order ending the requirement that state workers pay union dues even if they are not part of the... Read »

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Plan Would Ax Some University Tuition Breaks

Plan Would Ax Some University Tuition Breaks

Rep. Jack Franks said 2,156 tuition waivers were issued last year, costing state universities nearly $10 million. Read »

Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 at 1:44 PM

Protestors Gather for Wisconsin Right to Work Debate, Vote

Union members and others joined together outside the Capitol as the state Assembly prepared to debate the measure. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:11 PM

Garcia Pledges to Hire 1,000 Police Officers

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia defended his pledge to hire 1,000 new police officers Wednesday but Rahm Emanuel's campaign calls that promise “fairy dust.” Read »

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:02 PM

Emanuel: Rauner's State Budget is 'Wrong Approach'

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget is the "wrong approach" for Illinois, and he's in communication with top Democratic leaders about it. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Bill de Blasio Won't Endorse Rahm

De Blasio was asked at an event in Brooklyn Wednesday whether he supported Rahm Emanuel in his reelection bid for mayor of Chicago, according to the Observer. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Emanuel: "I Can Rub People the Wrong Way"


New ad, his first since failing to win a second term outright, strikes a strategic mix of contrition and determination. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:19 PM

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 »

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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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