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Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Stops Dropping Rahm's Name in Public

Karen Lewis Stops Dropping Rahm's Name in Public

Karen Lewis is getting serious about running for mayor. At an event in Little Village last night, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union boss did not directly mention Rahm Emanuel by name -- another sign that she's... Read »

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:18 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Once Called Quinn an 'Extraordinary' Leader

Rauner Once Called Quinn an 'Extraordinary' Leader

The Chicago Sun-Times unearths old footage of Bruce Rauner singing Democrats' praises during a November 2010 speech on the National Restaurant Association's decision to keep its annual trade show at McCormick... Read »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library

Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library

As President Barack Obama's foundation reviews locations for his library and museum -- Chicago is the unofficial frontrunner -- voters in his adopted hometown are divided over whether to use taxpayer dollars to... Read »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chicago Looks Ready For Its ‘Progressive Moment’

Opinion: Chicago Looks Ready For Its ‘Progressive Moment’

What’s clear is that as far as progressives go in Chicago, the opportunity for a historic moment is upon them. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm to Ed Kelly: Don't Feel Sorry for Me

Rahm to Ed Kelly: Don't Feel Sorry for Me

Memo to Ed Kelly: Rahm Emanuel doesn't want your pity. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Staff Report
      

Karen Lewis' Mayoral Committee Files With Board of Elections

Karen Lewis is one step closer to entering the race for Chicago mayor. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber

The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber

As Uber plows into the taxi industry in Illinois, its eye on dominating Chicago, the fast-growing ride-share start-up has recruited David Plouffe to handle the messy political side of things. President Barack... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Karen Lewis Lays Groundwork for Possible Mayoral Run

CTU president says she's filed financial paperwork, plans to circulate petitions, but hasn't made an official decision. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan

Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan

Is Rahm Emanuel "Chicago" enough? Still spry at 90 years old, Ed Kelly -- the former Chicago Park District Superintendent -- answers in the negative, not holding back when asked about the embattled mayor during... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Slams Rahm's 'Meaningless' Firefighter Jobs Plan in Sun-Times Op-Ed

Karen Lewis Slams Rahm's 'Meaningless' Firefighter Jobs Plan in Sun-Times Op-Ed

Chicago Teachers Union boss and human megaphone Karen Lewis is attacking Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the pages of the Sun-Times, dismissing his new initiative to give CPS grads a leg up in city firefighter jobs as an... 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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