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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Cook Report Dubs Illinois' Enyart-Bost Race a 'Toss-Up'

Midterm Elections: Cook Report Dubs Illinois' Enyart-Bost Race a 'Toss-Up'

The Cook Political Report has switched the dial on the congressional battle over Illinois' 12th District, dubbing the race between Democratic incumbent Bill Enyart and Republican challenger Mike Bost a toss-up. Read »

3 hours ago
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Education Adviser Resigns Amid City Hall Exodus

Emanuel Education Adviser Resigns Amid City Hall Exodus

Beth Swanson -- a top-ranked education adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel who helped settle the 2012 teachers strike -- has left her cushy gig at City Hall for an apparently cushier VP position at The Joyce... Read »

5 hours ago
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By Erin Carlson

Cubs CEO to Stage Fundraiser at Wrigley Field

Cubs CEO to Stage Fundraiser at Wrigley Field

It's a great day for a ... political fundraiser? Chicago Cubs CEO Tom Ricketts is using Wrigley Field to stage a campaign event for his brother, Pete, Nebraska's Republican candidate for governor. Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern
      

Aldermen Question McCarthy on Crime Statistics

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was on the hot seat Friday, answering questions before a City Council committee about how the department collects and reports crime statistics. Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Daily Dish: Your Friday Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Your Friday Political Headlines

NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern previews the police superintendant's appearance before a City Council committee to answer questions about how crime statistics are collected. Watch »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM
McCarthy Talks Crime Stats, Loop Shooting

McCarthy Talks Crime Stats, Loop Shooting

8/01/14: Police Supt. Garry McCarthy joined the NBC 5 NEWS TODAY on Friday to tout newly-released crime stats that show the city closed the first seven months of the year with the fewest homicides since 1963. He... Watch »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM
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By Erin Carlson

A Kinder, Gentler Rahm? Chicago's Mayor Gets Tough on Social Issues

A Kinder, Gentler Rahm? Chicago's Mayor Gets Tough on Social Issues

A kinder, gentler Rahm Emanuel has emerged this week, making two grand gestures that show a more compassionate side of the rough-edged Chicago mayor. It is election season, after all. Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 4:54 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Scores Teachers Union Endorsement in Bitter Governors Race

Quinn Scores Teachers Union Endorsement in Bitter Governors Race

Surprise! Not one but two powerful Illinois teachers unions have come forward to formally endorse Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn for governor over Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, who's basically the... Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Politico Switches Illinois Governor Race to 'Leans Republican'

Politico Switches Illinois Governor Race to 'Leans Republican'

Too early to call this for Bruce Rauner? Nobody who follows Illinois politics will be the least bit surprised by news that Politico switched its projected outcome of the state's gubernatorial race from "toss-up"... Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 8:55 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Alderman Abandons Bartender Gig After DUI Arrest

Alderman Abandons Bartender Gig After DUI Arrest

Ald. Rey Colon had been slated to take part in a fundraiser to support the "A Day in Avondale" neighborhood arts festival. 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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