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Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 at 9:39 PM

Sen. Hastings Hedges Bets With 2 Possible Campaigns

Sen. Hastings Hedges Bets With 2 Possible Campaigns

Illinois Sen. Mike Hastings isn't just passing petitions for one political office -- he's weighing his options for two possible campaigns. Hastings has started to collect signatures for both attorney general and... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 at 5:26 PM

What Is Amazon Looking For in Its Search For a New HQ?

The City of Chicago announced Wednesday it is seeking nominations for potential locations to house Amazon’s second headquarters. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 at 2:31 PM

Raoul Announces Run for Attorney General

Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul has officially thrown his name into the race as he will run for Attorney General. Read »

Monday, Sep 25, 2017 at 7:56 PM
By Mary Ann Ahern and Shelby Bremer

Who Will, Won't and Might Run for Illinois Attorney General

Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s revelation that she would not seek a fifth term...View gallery »

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Ditching Run for Governor, Drury Joins Attorney General Race

Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Scott Drury announced Tuesday that he has instead decided to run for attorney general. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Vrdolyak, Associate Took $10M in Settlement Fees: Feds

Vrdolyak, Associate Took $10M in Settlement Fees: Feds

A motion filed in federal court Tuesday in Chicago alleges that former 10th Ward Ald. Edward Vrdolyak and an associate secretly pocketed more than $10 million in fees from the State of Illinois’ settlement with... Read »

Monday, Sep 18, 2017 at 10:31 PM

Former Top Cop's Mayoral Exploratory Committee Confirmed

Paperwork has been filed for former police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to form an exploratory committee to consider a run for mayor in 2019, but he has yet to confirm if he’s actually thinking of a campaign. Read »

Monday, Sep 18, 2017 at 7:45 PM

Rahm, Rauner Sending Team to Amazon's Seattle Headquarters

A team from both the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois will head to Seattle Tuesday, as the full-court press to bring the new Amazon headquarters to Chicago continues to heat up. Read »

Monday, Sep 18, 2017 at 6:52 PM

Attorney General: No Immediate Plans to Seek Another Office

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she has no "immediate plans" to run for another office when her term is up in 2019, including mayor of Chicago. Read »

Monday, Sep 18, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Durbin Calls on Congress to Pass Dream Act

Sen. Dick Durbin took his political agenda to the classroom Monday, calling on Congress to pass the Dream Act for undocumented immigrants – particularly those looking to serve in uniform – from a military... Read »

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.
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