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Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Early Voting Available Through Nov. 2

Early Voting Available Through Nov. 2

Early voting locations include libraries, village halls and community centers throughout the state, and are listed by county clerks' offices. Read »

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Obama, in Chicago, Urges Quinn Supporters to Vote Early

President Barack Obama returned to Chicago on Sunday for the second time in as many weeks to try and give Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign a boost. Read »

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Illinois Voters To Face Rare Ballot Questions

Illinois Voters To Face Rare Ballot Questions

When Illinois voters cast ballots for the November election, they will have a rare opportunity to weigh in on nearly half a dozen hot-button issues. Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Governor's Race Too Close to Call, New Poll Shows

A new poll by the Paul Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University showed the race for Illnois governor is too close to call. Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Rahm: City Prepared to Handle Ebola If It Comes Here

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago is prepared to handle the Ebola virus, should it surface in the city. Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Rahm Touts $23.5 Million Affordable Housing Complex for Homeless Veterans

Rahm Touts $23.5 Million Affordable Housing Complex for Homeless Veterans

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday touted the opening of a brand-new, $23.5 million affordable apartment complex for homeless veterans—and those at risk of homelessness—on the city's South Side. Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Activists Refuse to Take ‘No’ on Elected School Board Vote

Activists Refuse to Take ‘No’ on Elected School Board Vote

Some of the groups involved in the coalition have been working on the issue for years, and are confident the latest effort is a winning strategy for getting the question in front of voters. Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

This Week in Mudslinging: Sugar and Spice Makes Everything Nasty

This Week in Mudslinging: Sugar and Spice Makes Everything Nasty

With less than three weeks 'til Election Day, the mud pies are flying fast and furious. (It's messy out there.) The week's most notable moments in the endlessly entertaining circus sideshow that is Illinois... Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Airliners Pad Rahm's War Chest With $125K in Campaign Donations

Airliners Pad Rahm's War Chest With $125K in Campaign Donations

Fifty-one execs from American Airlines and United have collectively given Emanuel over $125,000 in campaign contributions in an apparent effort to curry favor in a city that's home to one of the most trafficked... Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Putnam County: Illinois' Political Bellwether

“As the vote goes in Putnam County, so goes the state,” said Democrat and Putnam County Clerk Dan Kuhn. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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