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Monday, Jul 6, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Pfleger Makes Spike Lee Honorary Member of St. Sabina

"Chiraq" director Spike Lee spent his last Sunday in Chicago at St. Sabina Church on the South Side, where Fr. Michael Pfleger made him an honorary member of the church during mass. Read »

Monday, Jul 6, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Former U.S. Rep. Reynolds a No Show for Arraignment

Former U.S. Rep. Reynolds a No Show for Arraignment

The former U.S. congressman failed to appear at a scheduled arraignment to enter a plea on federal tax charges on Monday. Read »

Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 at 7:26 PM

A Look at the Race to Replace Ex-Illinois Rep. Schock

A Look at the Race to Replace Ex-Illinois Rep. Schock

Five candidates — three Republicans and two Democrats — are vying to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned in March amid questions about his use of taxpayer and campaign funds. Read »

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 at 5:44 PM

Bill Would Allow Cameras in Illinois Nursing Homes

Bill Would Allow Cameras in Illinois Nursing Homes

Illinois would become the fourth state in the U.S. to allow video and audio monitoring devices in nursing homes if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs legislation approved by the General Assembly. Read »

Friday, Jul 3, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Union Lawsuit Seeks Full Pay Despite No Illinois Budget

Unions representing Illinois state employees have filed a lawsuit demanding they will be paid in full and on time despite the lack of a 2016 fiscal year budget. Read »

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM

Illinois Weathers Second Day Without State Budget

Illinois' government weathered its second day without a state budget Thursday, and while legislative chambers were silent, service providers buckled up for a bumpy summer ride and state officials asked what... Read »

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Entering 2016 Presidential Race

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Entering 2016 Presidential Race

Aides to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker say the Republican is entering the crowded Republican race for president. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 at 9:34 PM

Former Illinois Treasurer Employees Sue Over Firings

Former Illinois Treasurer Employees Sue Over Firings

Three former state employees allege in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that then-Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired them in 2014 in retaliation after they offered damaging evidence in a sexual harassment investigation... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 at 9:06 PM

Emanuel Proposes Solutions to Clean Up Budget Mess

Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts — including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation — to the nation's third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015 at 6:59 PM

U of I President Puts Raise Talk Off Over State Budget

U of I President Puts Raise Talk Off Over State Budget

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen said the school will put off any consideration of raises for the coming school year until the state budget situation is settled. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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