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Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 8:57 PM

Illinois' Medical Marijuana Chief to Step Down

Illinois' Medical Marijuana Chief to Step Down

Bob Morgan said it's been "an incredible honor" to lead the state's medical cannabis program. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 6:23 PM

Rauner Extends Tax Return Deadline for Tornado Victims

Gov. Bruce Rauner has extended tax return deadlines for residents affected by last week's tornado and severe weather in parts of DeKalb and Ogle Counties. Read »

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Schock Spent Big Until Resignation

Former congressman Aaron Schock may be gone, but he still has to explain himself to the Federal Election Commission. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 5:53 PM

Emanuel Disapproves of 'Chiraq' Film Title

Mayor Rahm Emanuel expressed his disapproval of the working title of the upcoming Spike Lee film "Chiraq" during a City Council meeting Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Election Expert: Lawsuit Against Schock Could Face Obstacles

A federal election law expert says a campaign donor's federal lawsuit against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock seeking a refund faces some impediments. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Opinion: Reparations Don't Go Far Enough for CPD Torture Victims

Opinion: Reparations Don't Go Far Enough for CPD Torture Victims

After spending $20 million dollars to defend the likes of torturing police commander Jon Burge, and half a billion dollars fighting brutality cases in the past decade, some Chicago council members have proposed... Read »

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 5:08 AM

Feds Investigate CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett

School Board President David Vitale on Wednesday notified the press that investigators were look into a matter with CPS and that they have requested to speak with several employees. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Schock Donor Sues For Reimbursement

A Chicago lawyer who donated $500 to former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's campaign is suing for reimbursement following Schock's resignation in March amid accusations of fraud and improper enrichment. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 8:44 AM

Election Dates to Replace Schock Set for July, September

Election Dates to Replace Schock Set for July, September

The dates have been set in the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Ald. Michele Smith Wins Re-Election in 43rd Ward

Ald. Michele Smith Wins Re-Election in 43rd Ward

Ald. Michele Smith claimed victory in the 43rd Ward race Tuesday when challenger Caroline Vickrey conceded. 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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