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Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Rauner on Illinois Pensions: 'Don't Change History'

Rauner on Illinois Pensions: 'Don't Change History'

Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner changed his tune to defend retired state employee's pensions on Monday, remarking that it's most important to "protect what is done—don't change history. Don't modify or reduce anybody's... Read »

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 1:41 PM
Daily Dish: Monday's Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Monday's Political Headlines

NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern highlights Monday's local political stories. Watch »

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Will Quinn Accept His $136,000 Pension?

Will Quinn Accept His $136,000 Pension?

When Gov. Pat Quinn leaves office in January, he's eligible to receive a comfortable yearly pension of $136,000. The question is: Will he accept it? Read »

Monday, Nov 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Chicago Mayor Race: 10 File Petitions

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti collected enough signatures to submit nominating petitions on Monday—and officially enter the race to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Obama Speaks on Immigration in Chicago

President Barack Obama will be returning to his hometown of Chicago to tout his executive action on immigration. Read »

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Madigan Wrangled Support for Rahm's Re-Election: Report

Madigan Wrangled Support for Rahm's Re-Election: Report

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Democratic Party's powerful and prickly gatekeeper, tends to keep endorsements for Chicago mayor close to the vest—at least in recent years. This fall, however, the... Read »

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Obama to Trumpet Executive Order in Chicago

Obama to Trumpet Executive Order in Chicago

President Obama will visit Chicago on Tuesday to rally goodwill for his executive order on immigration. Read »

Friday, Nov 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Judge Rules Illinois Pension Law Unconstitutional

An Illinois judge ruled Friday that a law intended to fix the nation's worst state employee pension crisis violates the state constitution, deciding in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the... Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Politicians React to President Obama's Immigration Plan

President Barack Obama on Thursday announced executive action on immigration policy, offering temporary relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants. Read »

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Rauner Wants Hiring Freeze; Other Issues on Hold

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner called on Gov. Pat Quinn to freeze hiring in the final weeks of his term, saying Thursday he wants to prevent a repeat of previous governors that have handed out jobs or cushy appointmen... 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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