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Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 10:21 PM

Mayor Emanuel Racks up More Red Light Tickets

The City of Chicago rakes in millions from its red light cameras, and once again, some of that revenue is coming from the Mayor himself. Read »

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 8:26 PM

Poll Shows Rahm Leading, in Danger of Runoff

A Chicago Tribune poll shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel with 42 percent of the vote, which gives him a significant lead over the other candidates but is not enough to avoid a runoff election. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Illinois Medical Marijuana Market Worth $36 Million in 2016

Illinois Medical Marijuana Market Worth $36 Million in 2016

A market research group tells investors to expect the 2015 Illinois market to be worth $5.7 million because of delays. The report from ArcView Market Research sees the market expanding to $36 million in 2016 as... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Rauner to Push Right to Work Zones

Rauner to Push Right to Work Zones

The new Republican governor insisted he wasn't pushing for a statewide law like GOP-backed statutes fiercely opposed by Democrats in other states. But he said some communities in union-friendly Illinois could... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 2:31 PM

Mayoral Candidates Vie for Endorsement

Mayoral Candidates Vie for Endorsement

A group of mayoral challengers took aim at incumbent Rahm Emanuel Tuesday morning during an endorsement session at The Chicago Tribune. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 12:04 PM

Wisconsin Governor Launches Committee for 2016 Run

Wisconsin Governor Launches Committee for 2016 Run

Tax-exempt group can facilitate paying for his activities as he seriously eyes a 2016 White House bid. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Mayoral Candidates Mostly Agree on Chicago Casino

Mayoral Candidates Mostly Agree on Chicago Casino

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the four candidates trying to unseat him participated in a Tuesday debate hosted by the Chicago Tribune editorial board. It's the first time all candidates are debating ahead of... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 10:17 AM

City Publishes "Problem Landlords" List

The list, compiled by the Department of Buildings, will be updated twice each year. Read »

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Mayor's Race Heats Up As Election Nears

Mayoral candidates are taking things up a notch as the February election nears. Read »

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Docs Reveal Top-Scoring MediPot Cultivation Applicants

Docs Reveal Top-Scoring MediPot Cultivation Applicants

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration had prepared lists of businesses that were to receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses before he left... Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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