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Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Tom Cross Concedes Defeat in Illinois Treasurer Race

Tom Cross Concedes Defeat in Illinois Treasurer Race

Ending a bitter post-election stand-off, Republican Tom Cross has accepted defeat to Democrat Mike Frerichs in the hotly contested battle to be Illinois treasurer. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Chicago Native to Emcee Correspondents' Dinner

Chicago Native to Emcee Correspondents' Dinner

The ridiculous intersection of guests at the White House Correspondents' Dinner demands a savvy emcee who can subtly savage the crowd while getting laughs, too. Last spring, it was Joel McHale. This year,... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

City Council Approves 2015 Chicago Budget

Chicago's City Council on Wednesday voted 46-4 to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2015 Chicago budget that includes a tax hike on parking in city garages. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Emanuel Drops First TV Spot of Re-Election Campaign

Emanuel Drops First TV Spot of Re-Election Campaign

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dropped the first TV ad of his 2015 re-election campaign, along with a new slogan: "Chicago Together." Read »

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM

DePaul Arena Budget Balloons to $250 Million: Report

DePaul Arena Budget Balloons to $250 Million: Report

The budget to build a DePaul University basketball stadium in the South Loop has reportedly grown to $250 million, a figure that stretches well past early cost projections for the site. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Rauner's Chicago Judge Votes Criticized by Gay and Lesbian Bar Association

Rauner's Chicago Judge Votes Criticized by Gay and Lesbian Bar Association

The president of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Bar Association scolded Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner for his decision to vote "no" to retaining all Cook County judges. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Advocates Balk at Springfield Plan to Set City Minimum Wage

Advocates Balk at Springfield Plan to Set City Minimum Wage

If some lawmakers in Springfield have their way, Chicago won’t have the opportunity to decide for itself where to set a city-wide minimum wage. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Rauner Solicits Job Applications on New Website

Rauner Solicits Job Applications on New Website

Illinois Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner has set up a website to collect resumes from applicants interested in joining his administration. Read »

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 9:41 PM

CTU Poll Shows Rahm Could Be Headed for Runoff Election

CTU Poll Shows Rahm Could Be Headed for Runoff Election

A new survey commissioned by the Chicago Teachers Union shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel could be forced into a runoff election folllowing the February primary. Read »

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Memorable Tributes from Jane Byrne's Funeral

Memorable Tributes from Jane Byrne's Funeral

Chicago's political set congregated at St. Vincent de Paul Parish on Monday for the funeral of former Mayor Jane Byrne, the only woman to ever hold that office. 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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