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Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Cost to Protect Gov. Walker More Than Tripled Since Predecessor

Cost to Protect Gov. Walker More Than Tripled Since Predecessor

Security costs for Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch last year were more than three times what it cost to protect Walker's Democratic predecessor in 2010, records released... Read »

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 5:58 PM

Retiring Judge Shares Stories From Behind the Bench

Judge James Holderman was appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in September of 1984. Read »

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 11:08 AM

Emanuel Names Claypool Next Chief of Staff

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday named Forrest Claypool as his next Chief of Staff. Read »

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:58 PM

Biden Speaks on Sex Assault Prevention at U of I

Biden Speaks on Sex Assault Prevention at U of I

Vice President Joe Biden is urging college students to speak up about sexual assaults on campuses. Read »

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 3:03 PM

Lawmakers Approve Bill on Obama Library, Lucas Museum

Lawmakers Approve Bill on Obama Library, Lucas Museum

The Illinois Legislature approved a bill Thursday to ensure that Chicago has legal authority to use public park land as potential sites for Barack Obama's presidential library and film producer George Lucas'... Read »

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Former Ill. Rep. Sentenced to Five Months

Former Illinois Representative Derrick Smith is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on corruption charges. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 7:08 PM

Few Defend Byrd-Bennett as CPS Suspends SUPES Contract

Even Mayor Rahm Emanuel seemed to stop defending his school chief, speaking of the SUPES agreement she championed as a bad deal. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 6:26 PM

Garcia Talks Schools, Taxes in Post-Runoff Interview

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia sits down for his first interview since losing the city's first-ever mayoral runoff election. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 3:06 PM

House Passes Limited Ban on Red Light Cameras

House Passes Limited Ban on Red Light Cameras

The Illinois House has approved a proposed ban on red light cameras in certain communities, but none of them are in Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 11:45 AM

CPS Suspends SUPES Contract

The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools said Wednesday the school board has suspended its agreement with SUPES Academy amid a federal investigation into the contract. 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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