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Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 3:50 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Education Plan Short on Specifics

Rauner Education Plan Short on Specifics

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner outlined an education reform plan Monday that touched on teacher merit pay, overhauling tenure and changing the state's school funding format, but the proposal... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Karen Lewis Loans $40,000 to Her Campaign

Karen Lewis Loans $40,000 to Her Campaign

Chicago Teacher's Union President and potential mayoral contender in 2015 Karen Lewis has boosted her own fundraising efforts. Lewis Monday revealed that she had loaned her own campaign $40,000. Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's political allies are applauding his pact with the Fraternal Order of Police union to reportedly get Chicago law enforcement officers an 11 percent raise as well as retroactive pay. Not among... Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Quinn Needs More Than ‘Class Warfare’ Strategy to Win

Opinion: Quinn Needs More Than ‘Class Warfare’ Strategy to Win

Quinn seems to be placing all of his bets on one central idea: Bruce Rauner is simply too rich to be governor. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Karen Lewis Still Mum on Mayoral Run

CTU president criticizes Rahm, begins collecting signatures for possible run. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

With all the buzz about Karen Lewis possibly running for Chicago mayor, it's sometimes easy to overlook 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti—another vocal critic of Rahm Emanuel—as he too considers whether to throw his... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council

Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election super PAC is targeting 53 alderman candidates with a questionnaire designed to weed out pro-Rahm supporters from potential foes. The Sun-Times reports that Chicago... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Earmarks $10M for "Safe Passage"

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday announced the state is earmarking $10 million for Chicago Public Schools' "Safe Passage" program that aims to make kids' school routes more secure. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Associated Press

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Durbin spokesman Ron Holmes says nothing is finalized and campaigns were still in discussions. He says the emails didn't include one asking Oberweis' campaign if they wanted to move forward with proposed... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rauner Cries Poor on the Campaign Trail

Opinion: Rauner Cries Poor on the Campaign Trail

The next thing you know, the Rauner campaign will be claiming it doesn't have enough gas money for the campaign bus. 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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