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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 »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM
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By Associated Press

Rahm Introduces Minimum Wage Ordinance

Rahm Introduces Minimum Wage Ordinance

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Smell that? It's the funky stench of victory for champions of expanding access to medical marijuana in the increasingly weed-friendly Windy City. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner's Campaign Donors Are Forbes-Branded Billionaires

Rauner's Campaign Donors Are Forbes-Branded Billionaires

We all know Bruce Rauner is rich -- Gov. Pat Quinn reminds us all the time -- but his campaign donors are even richer. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Gov. Quinn Will Have a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad October

Gov. Quinn Will Have a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad October

October is looking rough for embattled Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as two corruption investigations slated for that month could derail his campaign so close to election day. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Chicago Should Name More Than Just a Park After Jane Byrne

Chicago Should Name More Than Just a Park After Jane Byrne

By any estimation, Jane deserves her day in the sun. She was one of the most colorful, passionate and, quite frankly, unpredictable public officials this city has ever had. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Latest Council Move on Campaign Finance a Disgrace

Opinion: Latest Council Move on Campaign Finance a Disgrace

The City Council is sending a very clear message when it comes to investigating campaign finance violations: How dare anyone try and find out what we’re doing behind the scenes? 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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