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2 hours ago

Quinn Funds Illinois Food Banks with $4.5 Million Investment

Quinn Funds Illinois Food Banks with $4.5 Million Investment

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the money Wednesday. His office says the food banks help nearly 2 million people. Read »

2 hours ago

The Executive Mansion Elevator Is Busted: Rauner Reality Check?

The Executive Mansion Elevator Is Busted: Rauner Reality Check?

The Civil War-era Illinois governor's mansion is due for an upgrade—especially since the Polar Vortex of 2014 led to significant water damage. The roof needs repairs. The elevator is broken. Bruce Rauner, who... Read »

2 hours ago

Bruce and Diana Rauner Tour Crumbling Governor's Mansion

Bruce and Diana Rauner Tour Crumbling Governor's Mansion

The Civil War-era Executive Mansion, aka the Illinois governor's digs, is due for an upgrade—especially since the Polar Vortex of 2014 led to significant water damage. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Obama Addresses Hecklers in Chicago

President Barack Obama took on a group of hecklers during his speech on immigration in Chicago Tuesday. Read »

6 hours ago

Obama Has 'No Sympathy' for Violent Ferguson Protesters

President Barack Obama once again addressed a grand jury’s decision to not indict the Ferguson police officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, saying he has “no sympathy” for those who erupted in violence... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Powerful Aldermen to Run Unopposed in 2015 Elections

Powerful Aldermen to Run Unopposed in 2015 Elections

A small but powerful group of aldermen will run unopposed in February's municipal election, and their names should come as no surprise to anybody who's ever raised an eyebrow to say: Only in Chicago. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Rauner on Illinois Pensions: 'Don't Change History'

Rauner on Illinois Pensions: 'Don't Change History'

Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner changed his tune to defend retired state employee's pensions on Monday, remarking that it's most important to "protect what is done—don't change history. Don't modify or reduce anybody's... Read »

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 1:41 PM
Daily Dish: Monday's Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Monday's Political Headlines

NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern highlights Monday's local political stories. Watch »

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Will Quinn Accept His $136,000 Pension?

Will Quinn Accept His $136,000 Pension?

When Gov. Pat Quinn leaves office in January, he's eligible to receive a comfortable yearly pension of $136,000. The question is: Will he accept it? Read »

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Chicago Mayor Race: 10 File Petitions

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti collected enough signatures to submit nominating petitions on Monday—and officially enter the race to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in... 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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