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Daily Dish: Thursday's Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Thursday's Political Headlines

10/23/14: NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern highlights the local political stories making headlines today: the new Quinn/Rauner poll and the resignation of a popular Chicago Sun-Times reporter. Watch »

22 minutes ago

Obama Invites Jackie Robinson West to Washington

Obama Invites Jackie Robinson West to Washington

While in Chicago earlier this week, President Barack Obama reportedly paid a visit to the Jackie Robinson West Little League national champions and told them: "I am inviting you to the White House." Read »

2 hours ago

Opinion: Sun-Times Squanders Trust

Opinion: Sun-Times Squanders Trust

It doesn't matter whether the Sun-Times had the purest of motives in endorsing someone like Rauner. What matters is appearance. Read »

5 hours ago

Biden: Each Vote for Democrats Crucial

Biden: Each Vote for Democrats Crucial

Vice president headlined a rally in suburban Vernon Hills in support of Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

22 minutes ago

Opinion: Council Critics Have Nothing But Insults for IG Khan

Opinion: Council Critics Have Nothing But Insults for IG Khan

Tuesday, Legislative Inspector general Khan filed a lawsuit naming Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several aldermen in an effort to secure what he says is enough money to run his office. Read »

6 hours ago

Sun-Times Reporter Resigns, Criticizes Paper's Leadership and Bruce Rauner

Sun-Times Reporter Resigns, Criticizes Paper's Leadership and Bruce Rauner

The final straw, McKinney said, was the Sun Times' decision to reverse its three-year-old no endorsement policy and endorse Rauner whom McKinney sees as “the very campaign that had unleashed what Sun Times... Read »

5 hours ago

Durbin, Oberweis Face Off in 1st Senate Debate

Durbin, Oberweis Face Off in 1st Senate Debate

Candidates tussled over same-sex marriage, services for veterans and a ban on assault weapons. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Court-Appointed Monitor Ordered for IDOT Hiring

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to review hiring problems at Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation, a setback for the Democrat running for re-election largely on how he... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Emanuel Names Kurt Summers Jr. To City Treasurer Post

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday appointed Kurt Summers Jr. to the City Treasurer post being left by Stephanie Neely. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Bruce Rauner's Braggy New Ad Touts All His Media Endorsements

Bruce Rauner's Braggy New Ad Touts All His Media Endorsements

Like a kid who gets a gold star from a really mean teacher, and then posts it on the fridge for his parents to ooh and ahh over, Illinois' GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner is out with an ad touting all his... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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.

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Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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Ed Burke

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