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56 minutes ago

Opinion: Was City Duped on Interest Rate Swaps?

Opinion: Was City Duped on Interest Rate Swaps?

Activists and others are calling on the City of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools to come clean about their dealings with interest rate swaps. Read »

5 hours ago

Rauner Pours Extra $3 Million Into His Governor Campaign

Rauner Pours Extra $3 Million Into His Governor Campaign

With Election Day less than two weeks away, Bruce Rauner is replenishing his campaign war chest with even more of his own money: He's written checks worth $3 million in the span of 48 hours, bringing his... Read »

5 hours ago

Michelle Obama Stars In Another Pro-Quinn TV Ad: Video

Michelle Obama Stars In Another Pro-Quinn TV Ad: Video

Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign has released a new ad starring First Lady Michelle Obama, this one with footage from her Oct. 7 rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Dold, Schneider Battle in Race for 10th District

Democrat Brad Schneider is the incumbent, having served one term in Congress, campaigning alongside Vice President Joe Biden, but he realizes the 10th District is quite Independent. Read »

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Negative Ads Take Spotlight in Governor's Race

In the race between incumbent Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner close to $56-million dollars have been spent on campaign ads since the beginning of the year. Read »

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Cockroach Appears as Pest Control Commissioner Testifies

Cockroach Appears as Pest Control Commissioner Testifies

Cockroaches might not be uncommon in Chicago, but one particular cockroach reportedly made a very untimely debut at City Hall Thursday. Read »

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Daily Dish: Thursday's Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Thursday's Political Headlines

10/23/14: NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern highlights the local political stories making headlines today: the new Quinn/Rauner poll and the resignation of a popular Chicago Sun-Times reporter. Watch »

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Obama Invites Jackie Robinson West to Washington

Obama Invites Jackie Robinson West to Washington

While in Chicago earlier this week, President Barack Obama reportedly paid a visit to the Jackie Robinson West Little League national champions and told them: "I am inviting you to the White House." Read »

39 minutes ago

Opinion: Sun-Times Squanders Trust

Opinion: Sun-Times Squanders Trust

It doesn't matter whether the Sun-Times had the purest of motives in endorsing someone like Rauner. What matters is appearance. Read »

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Biden: Each Vote for Democrats Crucial

Biden: Each Vote for Democrats Crucial

Vice president headlined a rally in suburban Vernon Hills in support of Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn. 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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