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Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Pot Decriminalization Bill

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Pot Decriminalization Bill

Legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Illinois is on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk. Read »

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Cubs Oppose Alderman’s Rules for Wrigley’s Outdoor Plaza

Ald. Tom Tunney introduced an updated ordinance Wednesday relating to Wrigley Field’s proposed outdoor plaza, but the Cubs called some of the rules unfair. Read »

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Glassdoor to Add Chicago Office, 400 Jobs

Glassdoor to Add Chicago Office, 400 Jobs

Mayor Emanuel announced a deal Tuesday to bring Glassdoor, a leading jobs and recruiting marketplace, to Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 3:37 PM

Signs Point to Disconnect Between City Council, Chicago Mayor

Signs Point to Disconnect Between City Council, Chicago Mayor

More clues surfaced at Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is experiencing perhaps the toughest period of his tenure. Read »

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:08 PM

Aldermen Look to Add Privatized Security to Chicago Airports

A group of Chicago aldermen have called for the privatization of the security screening process at Chicago airports, citing long lines and delays for travelers at the major Midwest hubs. Read »

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 9:38 PM

City Council Committee Approves House-Sharing Regulations

The Chicago City Council Licensing Committee voted Wednesday to approve regulations on house-sharing businesses, like Airbnb. Read »

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:15 AM

Unions Plan Protest of Rauner's Call to Change Labor Laws

Unions Plan Protest of Rauner's Call to Change Labor Laws

Union supporters plan to rally at the Illinois Capitol to protest Gov. Bruce Rauner's calls to change collective bargaining policies. Read »

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:06 PM

Legislative Round-Up: Top Legislative Leaders Meet in Springfield

Legislative Round-Up: Top Legislative Leaders Meet in Springfield

The Illinois General Assembly reconvened in Springfield Tuesday in the midst of the state's ongoing budget stalemate. Read »

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 9:55 PM

Chicago School Budget Cuts Could be Worse Than Expected: CPS

Chicago Public Schools officials have been preparing principals for massive budget cuts for the next school year, but on Tuesday, it was revealed those cuts could reach up to 30 percent. Read »

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:19 PM

Airbnb Asks City Council to Delay Vote on House-Sharing Regulations

Airbnb Asks City Council to Delay Vote on House-Sharing Regulations

As Chicago’s City Council preps a Tuesday joint committee vote on regulations on house-sharing businesses, Airbnb issued a statement voicing opposition to the measure and asking lawmakers to postpone the vote. 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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