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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he'll continue to make the difficult (and unpopular) choices needed to improve Chicago, declaring: "I didn't say change would be easy." Read »

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union president and scourge of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says she would consider extending an olive branch to City Hall and negotiating a compromise on member pensions. Read »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Toni Preckwinkle Dodges Chicago Mayoral Run Question

Toni Preckwinkle Dodges Chicago Mayoral Run Question

Is she or isn't she? With Chicago's mayoral election less than a year away, inquiring minds want to know whether Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will throw her hat in the ring. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 3:57 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rahm, Preckwinkle Team Up For Endorsement

Rahm, Preckwinkle Team Up For Endorsement

In a rare move, both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are making an endorsement in a Cook County Commissioner race. Read »

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM
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By Lisa Balde

County Morgue Gets New Cooler, More Workers

County Morgue Gets New Cooler, More Workers

Showing that Cook County is making efforts to move beyond the tales of horror that included stacked bodies in a storage cooler, Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday announced that the morgue has a new... Read »

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 4:50 AM
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By Associated Press

Memorial Placed at Cook Co. Indigent Burial Site

Memorial Placed at Cook Co. Indigent Burial Site

A monument has been dedicated at an indigent burial site in suburban Chicago where thousands of unclaimed or unidentified bodies have been buried. Read »

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Preckwinkle Shuts the Door on Sanchez and Carothers

Opinion: Preckwinkle Shuts the Door on Sanchez and Carothers

Sometimes, it’s the little things that remind us of a politician’s true character. Read »

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Preckwinkle, County Deliver ‘Good News' Budget for 2014

Preckwinkle, County Deliver ‘Good News' Budget for 2014

The top-line message is simple: Preckwinkle’s recommendations included a balanced $3.2 billion budget with no new taxes, fees or fines. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Nice Work, President Preckwinkle and Mayor Emanuel

Nice Work, President Preckwinkle and Mayor Emanuel

A new report shows Cook County and the City of Chicago identified more than $70 million in savings and revenue as part of its City-County Collaboration. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 5:56 AM
Dems Could Seek New Blood For Governor's Race

Dems Could Seek New Blood For Governor's Race

NBC 5 has learned that some Democratic insiders not satisfied with Gov. Pat Quinn are reaching out to others, including former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.... Watch »

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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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