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Tammy Duckworth Announces She's Pregnant

Tammy Duckworth Announces She's Pregnant

Iraq veteran and double amputee from Hoffman Estates expecting baby girl in December. Read »

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn to Live on Minimum Wage for Week

Quinn to Live on Minimum Wage for Week

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is hoping to show first-hand what it's like to live on the state's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM
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By NBC Chicago/Associated Press

Circle Interchange Renamed After Jane Byrne

First and only female Chicago mayor makes rare appearance at Friday ceremony. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Anshoo Sethi, the social-climbing young con artist who suckered prominent Illinois politicians into supporting his sham real-estate venture, has been indicted on federal charges of wire fraud and making false... Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn vs. Rauner: Who Won the Pseudo-Debate?

Quinn vs. Rauner: Who Won the Pseudo-Debate?

It wasn't a debate-debate, but Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner's Thursday showdown could be classified as such—the first round in a series of public mud-slinging appearances preceding November's Illinois governor... Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Taking Emanuel’s Money Could Have Political Costs

Opinion: Taking Emanuel’s Money Could Have Political Costs

Aldermanic candidates could potentially suffer at the polls if it comes out they're being supported by an increasingly unpopular mayor. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

With all the buzz about Karen Lewis possibly running for Chicago mayor, it's sometimes easy to overlook 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti—another vocal critic of Rahm Emanuel—as he too considers whether to throw his... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council

Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election super PAC is targeting 53 alderman candidates with a questionnaire designed to weed out pro-Rahm supporters from potential foes. The Sun-Times reports that Chicago... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Judge Throws Out Koschman Lawsuit Against Police

A federal judge on Thursday threw out a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Nanci Koschman, the mother of 21-year-old David Koschman, who died from a single punch thrown by former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew,... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Earmarks $10M for "Safe Passage"

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday announced the state is earmarking $10 million for Chicago Public Schools' "Safe Passage" program that aims to make kids' school routes more secure. 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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