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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM
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By Rob Elgas
      

Chicago City Council Poised to Increase Phone Tax

Phone surcharge will increase from $2.50 a month to $3.90. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Rahm Beats Karen Lewis in Latest Mayoral Poll

Rahm Beats Karen Lewis in Latest Mayoral Poll

Poll shows Rahm beating potential opponent Karen Lewis by 12 points in mayoral race. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 6:49 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Walgreens Considers Moving Headquarters to Switzerland

Sen. Dick Durbin proposes bill that would shut off federal contracts to companies leaving the U.S. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:31 PM
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By Staff Report
      

Water Tower Plaza To Be Renamed for Jane Byrne

Jane Byrne served as Chicago mayor from 1979 to 1983, but unlike mayors before her, no city parks or buildings bear her name. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:34 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Voters Get to Weigh In on Millionaire Tax

Voters Get to Weigh In on Millionaire Tax

The resolution asks voters whether incomes over $1 million should be taxed with a 3 percent surcharge. It comes as Quinn is locked in a hotly contested gubernatorial race with multimillionaire businessman Bruce... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Not All Illinois Republicans Are Thrilled with Bruce Rauner

Not All Illinois Republicans Are Thrilled with Bruce Rauner

If it turns out Bruce Rauner finds loses a tight race, social conservative voters who feel left out in the cold today might end up making a bigger difference than anyone thought. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Daily Dish: Tuesday's Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Tuesday's Political Headlines

NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern highlights the local political headlines for Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Watch »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Senate Candidate Calls For McCarthy's Resignation

Tio Hardiman and a group of west side ministers called an 11 a.m. press conference outside Chicago Police Headquarters. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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By Associated Press

Congressman Wants to End CHA "Supervouchers"

Congressman Wants to End CHA

Schock says CHA "supervouchers" allows a select few families to receive $3,000 to $4,000 a month in rent assistance that puts them in "some of the nicest luxury units." Read »

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:36 PM
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By Staff Report

Chicago Alderman Arrested for DUI

Chicago Alderman Arrested for DUI

Chicago's 35th Ward alderman was arrested early Friday and charged with driving under the influence, police said. 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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