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5 hours ago

Toby Keith Will Headline Rauner's Inaugural Concert

Toby Keith Will Headline Rauner's Inaugural Concert

Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner announced Monday Toby Keith will headline his Jan. 12 inaugural concert at Prairie Capital Convention Center. Read »

6 hours ago

Fioretti Calls for Elimination of Red Light Cameras

Fioretti Calls for Elimination of Red Light Cameras

Ald. Bob Fioretti wants Chicago’s red light camera program shut down. Read »

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Opinion: Pension Moves May Get Riskier Under Treasurer Summers

Opinion: Pension Moves May Get Riskier Under Treasurer Summers

As he settles in for his first 90 days as Chicago’s newly-appointed Treasurer, Kurt Summers has made it clear he has big plans for the office he holds and the investments and financial transactions he oversees.... Read »

5 hours ago

Former Alderman Bernard Stone Dead at 87

Stone served nearly four decades in office, and one time credited his longevity to his being "full of pee and vinegar." Read »

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Quinn Departs for Maryland to Visit Soldiers

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday departed for his annual holiday trip to deliver Christmas cards to wounded soldiers. Read »

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Obama Only Calls on Female Reporters

Obama Only Calls on Female Reporters

There was a lot said at President Barack Obama’s annual year-end press conference, but it was who he spoke to during the conference that had people talking. Read »

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Kirk Plans to Host Screening of "The Interview"

Kirk Plans to Host Screening of

Sen. Mark Kirk said in a recent interview he hopes to have his first big re-election fundraiser at a screening of "The Interview." Read »

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Quinn Appoints Stermer as Topinka Replacement

Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday afternoon named Jerry Stermer to replace late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Read »

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Willie Wilson Says Rahm Challenged His Own Signature on Petition

The mayoral candidate revealed "bombshell documents" that he said proved the mayor's tactics to keep him off the ballot are suppressive and racist. Read »

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Emanuel Touts Changes Made, Looks Ahead to Next Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is further distancing himself from Mayor Richard Daley’s tenure. 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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