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Friday, Nov 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Madigan Wrangled Support for Rahm's Re-Election: Report

Madigan Wrangled Support for Rahm's Re-Election: Report

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Democratic Party's powerful and prickly gatekeeper, tends to keep endorsements for Chicago mayor close to the vest—at least in recent years. This fall, however, the... Read »

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Obama to Trumpet Executive Order in Chicago

Obama to Trumpet Executive Order in Chicago

President Obama will visit Chicago on Tuesday to rally goodwill for his executive order on immigration. Read »

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Judge Rules Illinois Pension Law Unconstitutional

An Illinois judge ruled Friday that a law intended to fix the nation's worst state employee pension crisis violates the state constitution, deciding in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the... Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Politicians React to President Obama's Immigration Plan

President Barack Obama on Thursday announced executive action on immigration policy, offering temporary relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants. Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Rauner Wants Hiring Freeze; Other Issues on Hold

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner called on Gov. Pat Quinn to freeze hiring in the final weeks of his term, saying Thursday he wants to prevent a repeat of previous governors that have handed out jobs or cushy appointmen... Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Blago Lawyer Sam Adam Jr. Mulls a Run For State's Attorney: Report

Defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr., who's repped ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and R. Kelly in their infamous Chicago trials, has his eye on Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez's job. Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:18 AM

After Ferguson, McCarthy Orders CPD to Reach Out to Community

After Ferguson, McCarthy Orders CPD to Reach Out to Community

McCarthy has told commanders to form "phone trees" with telephone numbers of key community leaders, including aldermen and pastors, according to reports. He says commanders are to provide facts about police-inv... Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Illinois Lawmakers Want to Raise the Minimum Wage to $11 Per Hour

Illinois Lawmakers Want to Raise the Minimum Wage to $11 Per Hour

Widespread support for raising the minimum wage in Illinois has led state Democrats to propose an increase of $11 per hour that would be rolled out over two years. Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Activists Gather in Chicago for Obama Immigration Watch Party

Activists Gather in Chicago for Obama Immigration Watch Party

Obama is set to announce Thursday that he's sidestepping Congress with his own federal action on immigration. Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Rep. Duckworth Announces Birth of Baby Girl

U.S. Representative and husband Bryan Bowlsbey named the girl Abigail O'kalani Bowlsbey. 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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