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Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Chicago Alderman to Work for Airbnb After Surprise Resignation

Chicago Alderman to Work for Airbnb After Surprise Resignation

Ald. Will Burns, 4th, is stepping down this week and apparently he's headed to work for Airbnb, the website that enables homeowners to list properties for temporary rental. Read »

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Clinton, Sanders Push to the Finish Line in Iowa

Foot soldiers and volunteers from all campaigns are wrapping up their get-out-the-vote efforts. In just two hours, months of work will be boiled down to Democratic meetings or caucuses all over the state to... Read »

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 5:36 PM

Rauner Appoints Administrator of State’s New 911 System

Rauner Appoints Administrator of State’s New 911 System

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday named Cindy Barbera-Brelle as the first administrator of Illinois’ new statewide 911 system. Read »

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Rahm Emanuel’s Approval Rating Hits Record Low: Report

Rahm Emanuel’s Approval Rating Hits Record Low: Report

City voters have become increasingly uncertain about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ability to lead following the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video, a new Chicago Tribune poll claims. Read »

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 8:34 PM

Foxx Blasts Alvarez's Handling of McDonald Shooting in Campaign Ad

Foxx Blasts Alvarez's Handling of McDonald Shooting in Campaign Ad

Kim Foxx condemned State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's handling of the police shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald. Read »

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 2:27 PM

Illinois Pols Support Presidential Candidates During Iowa Caucus

Illinois Pols Support Presidential Candidates During Iowa Caucus

In the run-up to Monday’s caucuses, a handful of Illinois politicians have traveled to Iowa to pledge their support to the presidential hopefuls. Read »

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 5:38 PM

CTU Bargaining Team Unanimously Rejects CPS' Contract Offer

The bargaining team for the Chicago Teachers' Union unanimously rejected a contract offer from the Chicago Board of Education in an important vote Monday. Read »

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Mayor Weighs in on Ald. Burns' Surprising Resignation

Mayor Weighs in on Ald. Burns' Surprising Resignation

4th Ward Alderman Will Burns is stepping down this week, multiple sources close to Burns confirmed Sunday. Read »

Sunday, Jan 31, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Illinois Should Vote First in Primaries: Report

Illinois Should Vote First in Primaries: Report

Every four years in February, candidates spend time shaking hands in Iowa, and kissing babies in New Hampshire. And each cycle, people question why these states seem to matter most in the nomination process for... Read »

Friday, Jan 29, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Sources: Rauner Invites Obama for Beers During Springfield Trip

Sources: Rauner Invites Obama for Beers During Springfield Trip

Aside from speaking to lawmakers in Springfield on the anniverary of his presidential candidacy announcement, it appears President Barack Obama may be celebrating a return to his roots by cheersing Gov. Bruce... Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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