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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 9:47 PM

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Leaves Prison

Jackson served time after pleading guilty to charges he illegally spent $750,000 in campaign funds on items like furs and vacations. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 10:00 PM

Mayor Backs Out of Forum, Then Changes Mind Again: Report

Mayor Rahm Emanuel apparently flip flopped on his attendance at Wednesday night's mayoral forum at Chicago State University, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Committee Approves Bill to Ban Smoking in Cars With Minors

Committee Approves Bill to Ban Smoking in Cars With Minors

A Springfield Senate Public Health Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would make it illegal to smoke inside of a vehicle when minors are present. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Senator Ted Cruz is Signing up for Obamacare

Senator Ted Cruz is Signing up for Obamacare

After fighting for the repeal of Obamacare for years, Senator Ted Cruz is signing up for it, now that he's running for President. Go figure. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 at 9:49 PM

CTU Calls for $15/Hour Minimum Wage

The union scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. Wednesday to call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to set the standard. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 9:55 PM

First Two Days Early Voting Brings in Record-Breaking Number of Ballots

In the race for mayor of Chicago, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia wraps up a two-day fundraising swing on the East Coast; meanwhile Mayor Rahm Emanuel receives the endorsement of African American... Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 1:05 AM

Jesse Jackson Jr. Leaving Prison for Halfway House

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from a federal prison on Thursday and will serve out the remainder of his term in a Washington, D.C., halfway house, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy told The... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Gov. Rauner Tells Chicago Studio to Return $10 Million Grant

Gov. Rauner Tells Chicago Studio to Return $10 Million Grant

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered Cinespace, a Chicago TV and movie studio, to return a $10 million state grant awarded by his predecessor, Pat Quinn. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 3:47 PM

ACLU Report Highlights Chicago's Stop And Frisk Problems

ACLU Report Highlights Chicago's Stop And Frisk Problems

Chicago police are targeting black residents for record levels of stops, but how much good are they doing, and how much harm? A new ACLU report gives some answers and recommendations. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 at 2:03 PM

This Week in the Mayor's Race: Early Voting, Final Push

This Week in the Mayor's Race: Early Voting, Final Push

As early voting kicks off, the mayor chases the undecided vote while Jesus "Chuy" Garcia travels the country for a little extra funding to help him along in the final stretch. 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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