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Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Opinion: Pensions, Pols and Pay-to-Play

Opinion: Pensions, Pols and Pay-to-Play

Both Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Rauner are walking conflicts of interest when it comes to pension reform. Read »

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Rauner to Crash Illinois Lawmaker Session This Week

Rauner to Crash Illinois Lawmaker Session This Week

When lawmakers re-convene for a lame duck meeting in Springfield on Thursday, Rauner will make sure to be there and make his presence known. Read »

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Chicago Election Candidates File Petitions to Get on the Ballot

Chicago Election Candidates File Petitions to Get on the Ballot

Today the short window begins to file nominating petitions to enter the municipal election on Feb. 24. Read »

Monday, Nov 17, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Chicago Remembers Former Mayor Jane Byrne

Delivering the homily Monday at a North Side church, Monsignor Kenneth Velo said Jane Byrne loved Chicago and was proud to have served as its mayor. Read »

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Rahm Took Campaign Cash From Companies Doing Business With Chicago: Report

Rahm Took Campaign Cash From Companies Doing Business With Chicago: Report

David Sirota of the International Business Times reports that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took in possibly illegal campaign donations from companies that manage city pensions. Read »

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Chicago Board of Election Supervisor Gets the Pink Slip

Chicago Board of Election Supervisor Gets the Pink Slip

A supervisor at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners was given the pink slip following last week's high-stakes, high-drama midterm elections, Ward Room confirms. Read »

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Chicago Politicians Remember Former Mayor Jane Byrne

Jane Byrne, Chicago’s first and only female elected mayor, died Friday at the age of 81. Read »

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne Dies at 81

Jane Byrne, who shocked the Chicago political establishment when she was elected Mayor in 1979, died today. She was 81. Read »

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Rauner Meets With Madigan, Cullerton For First Time

Rauner Meets With Madigan, Cullerton For First Time

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner met with House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton for the first time Thursday morning at the Chicago Club. Read »

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Is Luis Gutierrez Running for President?

Is Luis Gutierrez Running for President?

Add Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez to the ever-growing list of People Who May Run for President in 2016 ... or Someday. 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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