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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Emanuel Touts Changes Made, Looks Ahead to Next Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is further distancing himself from Mayor Richard Daley’s tenure. Read »

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Quinn Calls Special Session for Comptroller

Quinn Calls Special Session for Comptroller

Gov. Pat Quinn has filed for a special session to elect a new Illinois comptroller following the death of Judy Baar Topinka. Read »

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Patterson Bumped From Mayoral Ballot

Patterson Bumped From Mayoral Ballot

It appears Willie Wilson has won his challenge to bump Fenton Patterson off the ballot as a candidate for mayor. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Topinka Remembered as Honest, Tough at Memorial

Illinois Comptroller died unexpectedly last week at the age of 70 after suffering complications from a stroke. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Rauner May Rent While Executive Mansion is Repaired

Rauner May Rent While Executive Mansion is Repaired

Governor elect and his wife have vowed to live in the governor's mansion in downtown Springfield after his inauguration in January. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 6:36 AM

Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Warren, Biden for President Among Democrats

A majority of Democratic voters said they would back a 2016 presidential run by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found.

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Fioretti Accuses Rahm of Taking Credit for Rat Idea

Fioretti Accuses Rahm of Taking Credit for Rat Idea

Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday for allegedly attempting to take credit for his idea to partner with an Arizona company on a rat control test program in Chicago. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Rauner: "Famous" Act to Play at Inaugural Bash

Rauner:

Tickets for Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner's Jan. 12 inauguration are free of charge, but entry into a VIP pre-party and concert come with a price. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Kirk Votes Against NRA on Surgeon General Vote

Kirk Votes Against NRA on Surgeon General Vote

When the U.S. Senate rubber-stamped President Obama's new surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, on Monday, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk was the only Republican in the chamber to lend his support amid NRA-fueled... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Commission Reveals Recommendations to Curb Violence

Mayor earlier this year established the safety commission of religious and community leaders, experts and residents, to focus on ways to curb violence. 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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