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Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 6:35 PM

Gov. Rauner Stops Payment of Video Gambling Profits

Gov. Bruce Rauner has frozen all the money cities and towns in Illinois make from video gambling and riverboat casinos until a state budget passes. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 4:52 PM

House Approves Bill to Block Lawmaker Pay Raise

House Approves Bill to Block Lawmaker Pay Raise

The Illinois House of Representatives has moved to block a contentious pay raise for lawmakers. Read »

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Rauner Asks Retirees to Work in Case of Strike

Retired state employees and members of the National Guard may be called upon by Gov. Bruce Rauner to step up in case of a workers' strike. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 7:14 AM

Another Rating Agency Lowers Investment Grade of CPS Bonds

Another Rating Agency Lowers Investment Grade of CPS Bonds

Another bond rating service has lowered the Chicago Board of Education's investment grade rating to junk status. Read »

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 3:47 PM

City Council to Vote on Ban on Gun-Shaped Phone Cases

City Council to Vote on Ban on Gun-Shaped Phone Cases

Chicago's Finance Committee passed a proposal Monday to outlaw the sale and possession of gun-shaped cellphone cases in Chicago, bringing the vote to City Council on Wednesday. Read »

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Walker to Hit Chicago, Bloomington on Campaign Trail

Walker to Hit Chicago, Bloomington on Campaign Trail

GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker is scheduled to make a few campaign stops in Illinois Monday for the first time since he announced his candidacy earlier this month. Read »

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 3:48 PM

Chicago Aldermen Ask Police For Information on Rape Kits

Chicago Aldermen Ask Police For Information on Rape Kits

Two Chicago aldermen asked a City Council committee Monday to investigate if there is a backlog of unprocessed rape kits involving Chicago sexual assaults. Read »

Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 6:19 PM

No Vote in City Council Over $3M 'Chi-Raq' Tax Credit

Chicago's Finance Committee discussed Monday whether or not Spike Lee’s film company can receive a $3 million tax break for filming the upcoming movie “Chi-Raq” in Illinois, but the vote will not head to the... Read »

Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Illinois Budget Impasse May Mean No Free ACT Tests

Illinois Budget Impasse May Mean No Free ACT Tests

tNervousness about college entrance tests for high school students is acute enough as it is, but deadlock over Illinois' budget and questions about whether the state can pay for those exams this year is... Read »

Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 at 6:13 PM

Sen. Durbin Calls for Federal Probe Into Bland's Death

Sen. Dick Durbin has called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the death of suburban Chicago woman Sandra Bland, who was found hanged to death in a Texas jail cell earlier this month. 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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