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Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM
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By associated press

Rauner's "Headlines" Ad Questioned for Accuracy

A campaign ad from the Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being called into question for tailoring — and even making up — headlines from news stories to make them appear more negative about his... Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Public Schools OK Controversial $6.8 Billion Budget

Chicago Public Schools OK Controversial $6.8 Billion Budget

As expected, Chicago Public Schools pushed the button on its controversial $6.8 billion budget for 2015 amid criticism over slashing public school money, diverting more dollars into charters and falling back on... Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Teen Collapses at Gov. Quinn Campaign Event

A Chicago teenager has been released from the hospital after appearing to faint at a campaign event where the Illinois governor ended up kneeling over him and holding his hand before an ambulance arrived. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Billionaire Ken Griffin Files For Divorce

Billionaire Ken Griffin Files For Divorce

Chicago hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin has filed to divorce wife Anne Dias Griffin after 10 years of marriage. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Durbin’s Right on Corporations Fleeing America

Opinion: Durbin’s Right on Corporations Fleeing America

More and more we’re hearing about companies looking to move their headquarters offshore simply for the benefits of lower taxes. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Willis Siblings Advance on "America's Got Talent"

Willis Siblings Advance on

The Willis Clan advanced to the next round on NBC's "America's Got Talent" Wednesday after mixed reviews from the judges' panel. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM
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By Carol Marin, Natalie Martinez
      

Michelle Obama Makes the Chicago Rounds

First Lady Michelle Obama is raising big bucks in Chicago Thursday, but also making time for some good fun and good food. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:06 AM
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By associated press

Ex Gov. Thompson Calls Namesake Building a "Scrap Heap"

Ex Gov. Thompson Calls Namesake Building a

The condition of the James R. Thompson Center, the foremost state government office building in Chicago, is getting some grief from former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Park Grill Case Raises Questions About Daley's Health

Former Mayor Richard Daley won't have to testify in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to break the lease for a Millenium Park restaurant. But the facts surrounding his testimony, or lack of it, only heighten the... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Chicago Restaurants Avoid BYOB Crackdown

Chicago Restaurants Avoid BYOB Crackdown

New ordinance allows aldermen to revoke BYOB privileges for certain businesses. 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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