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Activists Criticize Emanuel's First Campaign Ad

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first TV ad of his 2015 re-election campaign is under fire as a coalition of community groups demands it be taken off the air. Read »

3 hours ago

Obama Met With Cupich During Chicago Visit

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the point person in the first introductory meeting Tuesday between Archbishop Blase Cupich and President Obama. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Quinn Grants Clemencies Ahead of Holiday

Quinn Grants Clemencies Ahead of Holiday

The Chicago Democrat announced the news on Wednesday afternoon. He granted 126 and denied 185 petitions. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

The United States of Heckling: Obama Schools Protesters on Immigration, Everything Else

The United States of Heckling: Obama Schools Protesters on Immigration, Everything Else

When protesters heckled President Obama during his Tuesday immigration speech in Chicago, POTUS responded by acknowledging the group's gripes as "absolutely right" before smoothly shutting them down. He does... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Quinn Funds Illinois Food Banks with $4.5 Million Investment

Quinn Funds Illinois Food Banks with $4.5 Million Investment

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the money Wednesday. His office says the food banks help nearly 2 million people. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The Executive Mansion Elevator Is Busted: Rauner Reality Check?

The Executive Mansion Elevator Is Busted: Rauner Reality Check?

The Civil War-era Illinois governor's mansion is due for an upgrade—especially since the Polar Vortex of 2014 led to significant water damage. The roof needs repairs. The elevator is broken. Bruce Rauner, who... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Bruce and Diana Rauner Tour Crumbling Governor's Mansion

Bruce and Diana Rauner Tour Crumbling Governor's Mansion

The Civil War-era Executive Mansion, aka the Illinois governor's digs, is due for an upgrade—especially since the Polar Vortex of 2014 led to significant water damage. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Obama Addresses Hecklers in Chicago

President Barack Obama took on a group of hecklers during his speech on immigration in Chicago Tuesday. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Obama Has 'No Sympathy' for Violent Ferguson Protesters

President Barack Obama once again addressed a grand jury’s decision to not indict the Ferguson police officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, saying he has “no sympathy” for those who erupted in violence... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Powerful Aldermen to Run Unopposed in 2015 Elections

Powerful Aldermen to Run Unopposed in 2015 Elections

A small but powerful group of aldermen will run unopposed in February's municipal election, and their names should come as no surprise to anybody who's ever raised an eyebrow to say: Only in Chicago. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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