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Closing Arguments Heard Friday in Park Grill Lawsuit

A videotape from a meeting 13 years ago has surfaced, complicating the case between the City of Chicago and Millennium Park's Park Grill restaurant even more. Read »

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:15 AM

Rauner to Introduce Part of 'Turnaround Agenda'

Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to introduce legislation Friday to advance a scaled-back version of the pro-business agenda he's been pushing across Illinois for months, setting up another potential showdown with... Read »

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:51 PM

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Sent to Rauner's Desk

Illinois Senators on Thursday followed House action from last month that makes small amounts of pot subject to fine rather than arrest. Read »

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:39 PM

Fired State Employees Seek Back Pay, Threaten Lawsuit

Employees claim former Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired them 10 months ago for providing evidence in a sexual harassment investigation. Read »

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:22 PM

Illinois Senate OKs Bobcat Hunting

Illinois Senate OKs Bobcat Hunting

The legislation would allow the Department of Natural Resources to issue as many as 200 permits a year to keep the animal's population in check. Read »

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Proposal Eases Navy Pier Booze Rules

Mayor Emanuel proposed a new ordinance during city council allowing visitors to carry an open container of alcohol throughout Navy Pier. Read »

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Rauner Expresses Concerns About State Officials in Op-Ed

Rauner Expresses Concerns About State Officials in Op-Ed

Gov. Bruce Rauner took aim at “old guard” state officials Thursday in an op-ed in which he writes that Illinois’ problem with insiders controlling state government “is worse than I ever imagined.” Read »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 8:07 PM

In Chicago, Clinton Promotes Improved Childcare

Hillary Clinton's appearance at an SEIU event was in the midst of three fundraisers in 24 hours. Read »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Michelle Obama Packs a Punch With 5 Workout Tips

Five years after launching her Let’s Move campaign to fight childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama released a short video on Twitter with five tips for healthier living. Read »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2:31 PM

McCarthy: "Mistakes" Were Made in Ferguson

McCarthy: "Mistakes" Were Made in Ferguson

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Wednesday told members of the City Club of Chicago that “enormous mistakes” were made in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 following the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael... Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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