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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Chicago Restaurants Avoid BYOB Crackdown

Chicago Restaurants Avoid BYOB Crackdown

New ordinance allows aldermen to revoke BYOB privileges for certain businesses. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: What Bruce Rauner's Uber Love Means For Illinois

Opinion: What Bruce Rauner's Uber Love Means For Illinois

When Bruce Rauner professed his love for Uber on Tuesday, calling for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a bill that would impose heavy regulations upon the rapidly growing ride-share start-up, his gushing message... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Judge Lets Daley Off the Hook in Park Grill Case

Judge Lets Daley Off the Hook in Park Grill Case

A Cook County judge cut ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley a break on Wednesday, sparing him from having to testify in Chicago's lawsuit to against the owners of the Park Grill eatery at Millennium Park. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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By Staff Report
      

Daley's Medical Records to Stay Private in Park Grill Case

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's medical records will remain private in Chicago's lawsuit against the Park Grill owners. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Judy Baar Topinka's Hot Mic Gaffe Flares Up Illinois Comptroller Race

Judy Baar Topinka's Hot Mic Gaffe Flares Up Illinois Comptroller Race

Caught making an apparent clout request during a media event, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has learned a valuable lesson: Always think before you speak, especially when your mic's still hot. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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By The Associated Press

Durbin to Putin: Take Responsibility for MH17 Crash

Durbin to Putin: Take Responsibility for MH17 Crash

Illinois Democrat called separatists "thugs," and said they've been "armed, financed and inspired by Vladimir Putin and the Russians." Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:38 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Have Rahm's Tough Choices Failed?

Have Rahm's Tough Choices Failed?

Conventional wisdom says Rahm Emanuel won the 2011 Chicago mayoral election on a promise to fix the city’s chronic budget problems. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Rahm Visits Family of Slain 11-Year-Old Girl

Mayor: "They are in our thoughts and prayers." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Bruce Rauner: "I Love Uber"

Bruce Rauner:

Republican gubernatorial candidate says stifling ride-share companies sends message that "Illinois is closed to innovation." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as "Reckless"

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as

Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, Paul Vallas, unleashed his inner Rahm Emanuel while slamming Bruce Rauner's newly released tax plan as "totally disingenuous if not totally dishonest." 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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