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Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Mayor's Race Heats Up As Election Nears

Mayoral candidates are taking things up a notch as the February election nears. Read »

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Docs Reveal Top-Scoring MediPot Cultivation Applicants

Docs Reveal Top-Scoring MediPot Cultivation Applicants

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration had prepared lists of businesses that were to receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses before he left... Read »

Monday, Jan 26, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Documents: Quinn Had MediPot Recommendations, Didn't Act

Newly released documents show former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn received recommendations on which businesses should receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses but did not act on them before leaving office Read »

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 3:41 PM

Obama Endorses Emanuel in Radio Ad

Obama Endorses Emanuel in Radio Ad

President Obama has endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a radio advertisement that is set to air beginning Monday. Read »

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 6:42 PM

Willie Wilson Debuts New Radio Ad

Advertising is about getting someone’s attention, and that’s certainly what mayoral candidate Willie Wilson’s new radio ad does. Read »

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Quinn Leaves Office Without Penning Final Statement

Quinn Leaves Office Without Penning Final Statement

Former Gov. Pat Quinn left office in a tumult: dozens of clemencies, laws and executive orders signed. But he didn't bother with a final State of the State address. Read »

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Rauner Picks Former Hawaii Governor as COO

Rauner Picks Former Hawaii Governor as COO

Gov. Bruce Rauner is tapping former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle to serve in his administration. Read »

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 3:02 PM

United Working Families Backs Garcia For Mayor

United Working Families Backs Garcia For Mayor

A Chicago group that's adopted strategies of the national organization which helped Bill de Blasio become mayor of New York City has put its muscle behind an effort to oust Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 5:46 PM

Rauner's Motorcade Hit in Crash: State Police

Governor Bruce Rauner’s motorcade was involved in a four-vehicle crash in downtown Chicago Wednesday, according to Illinois State Police. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Illinois First Lady to Focus on Children, Executive Mansion

Illinois First Lady to Focus on Children, Executive Mansion

Diana Rauner is gearing up as first lady, hiring a prominent Springfield political aide as chief of staff and contemplating initiatives that could include children's advocacy and restoring the capital city's... Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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