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Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:02 PM

Emanuel: Rauner's State Budget is 'Wrong Approach'

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget is the "wrong approach" for Illinois, and he's in communication with top Democratic leaders about it. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Bill de Blasio Won't Endorse Rahm

De Blasio was asked at an event in Brooklyn Wednesday whether he supported Rahm Emanuel in his reelection bid for mayor of Chicago, according to the Observer. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Emanuel: "I Can Rub People the Wrong Way"

Emanuel:

New ad, his first since failing to win a second term outright, strikes a strategic mix of contrition and determination. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:19 PM

Ald. Deb Mell Opponent Files For Recount

Ald. Deb Mell Opponent Files For Recount

A Chicago Public Schools teacher vying for the 33rd Ward aldermanic seat against incumbent Deb Mell filed legal paperwork on Tuesday setting the grounds for a recount — and claiming “machine dirty tricks” —... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 9:19 PM

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Plug Budget Hole

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Plug Budget Hole

Democrats in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday introduced a plan that would allow special funds to be used to help plug part of a $1.6 billion budget hole, a proposal that Gov. Bruce Rauner's deputy chief of staff... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 5:50 PM
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The Many Faces of Rahm Emanuel

Photos of Rahm Emanuel's many faces. See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 5:29 PM

Rahm Responds to Sen. Kirk's Unofficial Endorsement

Rahm Responds to Sen. Kirk's Unofficial Endorsement

Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave a subtle affirmation of Sen. Mark Kirk's not-so-subtle statement about Chicago becoming the next Detroit if Emanuel wasn't re-elected. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 5:08 PM

Is Aaron Schock Toast in 2016?

Is Aaron Schock Toast in 2016?

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's relentless media beating isn't over yet. But how bad is the damage? Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 5:42 PM

Ward Room Writer Mark Anderson Dies at 51

Anderson officially resigned from Ward Room on February 10, 2015. His illness made it impossible for him to do the work necessary to meet his own exacting political journalism standards. He died weeks later. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Rauner Says New Jersey is "Going Down the Drain"

Rauner Says New Jersey is

Illinois' governor has some harsh words for Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who helped Bruce Rauner in his election campaign last year. 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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