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Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Opinion: Pair of Longtime Aldermen Face Ethics Questions Before Election Day

Opinion: Pair of Longtime Aldermen Face Ethics Questions Before Election Day

Two veteran Chicago City Council members are facing questions over potential ethics violations in the run up to the February 24th city-wide elections. Read »

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 3:11 PM

Rauner Issues Order to Make Names of Political Hires Public

Rauner Issues Order to Make Names of Political Hires Public

Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an executive order Thursday requiring information about all political hires to be posted online, the latest in a series of early moves he said are intended to send the message that... Read »

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 6:40 PM

Lewis Laments She Can't Run for Mayor

"I really wanted to do this. ... It was something that I thought about, that I had worked it out with my family," CTU boss says at MLK breakfast. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 6:50 PM

Rahm Talks Economic Agenda

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has turned his re-election campaign’s focus to jobs and the city’s economic growth. Read »

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 1:54 PM

Democratic Leaders Urge Bipartisanship, Set Priorities

Members of Illinois' Democratic-led 99th General Assembly have been sworn into office as the state enters its first divided government in more than a decade. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Ditka Slams Rahm, Contributes to Fioretti Campaign

Ditka Slams Rahm, Contributes to Fioretti Campaign

If Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was a quarterback under Mike Ditka, he’d probably be riding the bench next season. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 10:29 AM

Obama Library Debate to Continue at Park District Hearing

The University of Chicago's proposal for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum in Washington and Jackson Parks has sparked debate among South Side residents and park land proponents. The debate may come to a... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Opinion: Wilson’s Money Bomb Shouldn’t Buy Any Credibility

Opinion: Wilson’s Money Bomb Shouldn’t Buy Any Credibility

With just six weeks left to go before the election, it’s hard to see what Willie Wilson has done to justify becoming a leading figure in the race for Chicago’s next mayor. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 7:02 PM

Rauner Makes Changes on First Day in Office

Security teams were busy at the governor's office in Springfield as the executive branch got to work on its first full day. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 at 6:32 PM

Rauner on Medical Marijuana: 'I'm Concerned About the Process'

A day after outgoing governor Pat Quinn tossed the medical marijuana hot potato to his successor Bruce Rauner, the new governor gave only the vaguest description of how he plans to proceed with the program. 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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