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Chicago Police Ramp Up Patrols Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

Chicago police are asking officers to work overtime during Memorial Day weekend in an effort to prevent city violence during the long holiday weekend that has previously been marred by bloodshed. Read »

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Parents Protest CPS Budget Cuts With Mock Bake Sale

Parents Protest CPS Budget Cuts With Mock Bake Sale

Selling things like misfortune cookies, parents of Chicago Public Schools students protested the planned budget cuts that could result in teacher layoffs and larger class sizes. Susan Carlson reports. Watch »

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Could Dick Durbin Run for Governor in 2018?

Could Dick Durbin Run for Governor in 2018?

Rumors have cropped up in recent weeks regarding Sen. Dick Durbin’s potential run for Illinois Governor in 2018, although the senator has called the claims “a waste of time and breath.” Read »

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 11:43 AM

Proposed Rideshare Ordinance Prompts Protests in Chicago

A newly proposed ridesharing ordinance is making its way through Chicago’s City Council and while taxi drivers say the ordinance would help level the playing field, rideshare employees aren’t so pleased. Read »

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Duncan Named to Lucas Museum Board of Directors

Duncan Named to Lucas Museum Board of Directors

Lucas Museum officials announced the appointment of Arne Duncan as a member of its board of directors Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10:34 PM

Rauner Stands By Turnaround Agenda as Budget Deadline Looms

Rauner Stands By Turnaround Agenda as Budget Deadline Looms

During a Monday press conference, Gov. Bruce Rauner stood by his pro-business, union-weakening Turnaround Agenda as the deadline looms for legislators to pass a state budget next week. Read »

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 2:45 AM

Kirk, Duckworth React to VA Chief Comparing Wait Times to Disney

Kirk, Duckworth React to VA Chief Comparing Wait Times to Disney

Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth responded to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald’s comments Monday comparing VA wait times to those at Disney resorts. Read »

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 9:19 PM

Parents Question CPS After High Lead Levels Found at City School

Parents upset after testing revealed higher than normal lead levels in a Chicago elementary school questioned Chicago Public Schools officials Tuesday on why such testing hadn’t been done sooner. Read »

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Emanuel Proposes City Ordinance to Restore Police Credibility

As Chicago braces for a potentially violent summer, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a new plan aiming to restore credibility to the city’s embattled police department. Read »

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 9:22 AM

High Court Rejects Request to Reconsider Blagojevich Case

High Court Rejects Request to Reconsider Blagojevich Case

The Supreme Court won't reconsider its decision to reject former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions. Read »

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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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