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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 8:51 PM

Violence Wanes, But Fear Looms Over Mayor's Race

Violence Wanes, But Fear Looms Over Mayor's Race

A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Special Election Date Set For Schock's Seat

Special Election Date Set For Schock's Seat

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday scheduled a special election for this summer to fill the vacancy caused by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation, but he acknowledged the date likely would be pushed back to... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 9:34 PM

Final Debate for Emanuel and Garcia a Heated One

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his challenger in next week's runoff election, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, engaged in their final debate before voters head to polls. The two men clashed Tuesday... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 1:08 PM

How Accurate Are Mayoral Polls?

How Accurate Are Mayoral Polls?

According to poll results from the last several weeks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is headed for a victory on April 7. But how much stock should we put in the polls? Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 1:06 PM

AG Madigan Announces Anti-Sexual Assault Effort

The Sexual Assault Working Group was formed to address statistics that show survivors of sexual assault aren't reporting the crimes to authorities. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Duckworth: Clinton Must Testify Before Benghazi Committee

Duckworth: Clinton Must Testify Before Benghazi Committee

U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth says she would hold former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton "accountable" for erasing emails from her personal server but did not directly say whether Congress... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Jesus Chuy Garcia's Attack on Rahm Emanuel's "Trickle-Down" Economics grows sharper

Jesus Chuy Garcia's Attack on Rahm Emanuel's

In a speech given at the City Club of Chicago Monday, Cook County Commissioner and mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia attacked incumbent Rahm Emanuel as a Reagan-esque advocate of “trickle-down” economics... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Pence: We'll Fix 'Perception' Problem of New Law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday said a bill he signed into law last Thursday has been "grossly mischaracterized." Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 9:14 AM

Krishnamoorthi Launches Campaign to Replace Duckworth

Krishnamoorthi Launches Campaign to Replace Duckworth

Raja Krishnamoorthi announced Tuesday that he plans to seek another run for U.S. Congress. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 8:31 AM

Poll: Emanuel Has Commanding Lead Over Garcia

Poll: Emanuel Has Commanding Lead Over Garcia

Emanuel's lead in the Tribune poll, conducted by APC Research, is wider than one released Sunday and conducted by Ogden and Fry. 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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