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Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Alderman Refuses to Apologize For Using Racial Slur

A Chicago alderman doubled down on his controversial use of a racial slur Friday, after using the N-word in a Facebook post criticizing the reassignment of Blaine Elementary School principal Troy LaRaviere. Read »

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 4:37 PM

'Individual A' Won't Have to Pay Taxes on Hastert Hush-Money

Federal sources confirm that the man at the center of the Dennis Hastert scandal, identified only as “Individual A”, paid no taxes on the $1.7 million he received from Hastert to guarantee his silence. Read »

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 4:04 PM

Rev. Jackson Supports Gas Tax Proposed To Combat Violence

Rev. Jackson Supports Gas Tax Proposed To Combat Violence

Rev. Jesse Jackson is backing an effort proposed by Cook County Comm. Richard Boykin to use a gas tax to create jobs for youth as a means to combat gun violence. Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 10:36 PM

Chicago Public Schools Prepares Contingency Plan in Case of Teachers Strike

When Chicago teachers marched through the Loop in early April, they put Chicago Public Schools on notice that a strike before the end of the school year is a real possibility. Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Poll: Kirk Has 2nd Lowest Approval Rating Among US Senators

Poll: Kirk Has 2nd Lowest Approval Rating Among US Senators

Sen. Mark Kirk received the second-lowest approval rating among active US senators, according to a recent Morning Consult poll. Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 6:53 PM

Atty. General Looks to End Statute of Limitations on Child Sex Crimes

Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked Illinois lawmakers Wednesday to eliminate the statute of limitations for felony criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse crimes against children. Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 6:17 PM

Rauner May Pay for Special Legislative Sessions on Budget

Rauner May Pay for Special Legislative Sessions on Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing state lawmakers to pass a two-year budget and is considering funding special legislative sessions if a deal is not reached by the end of May. Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 6:12 PM

State Senator Wants Hastert Stripped of Public Pensions

State Senator Wants Hastert Stripped of Public Pensions

Illinois state Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant announced Thursday that she wants disgraced former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert stripped of all taxpayer-funded pensions in the wake of his recent criminal... Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 6:01 PM

Questions Swirl Over Hastert's Seemingly Short Prison Sentence

Questions Swirl Over Hastert's Seemingly Short Prison Sentence

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison, which prompted many to question how an admitted serial child molester could have received a punishment of just over one year... Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 5:49 PM

Judge Rules Hastert Accuser Can Continue Lawsuit as 'James Doe'

The man at the center of sexual abuse allegations against Dennis Hastert can continue suing the former House Speaker for breach of contract under a "fictitious name," a judge ruled Thursday. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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