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Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Rahm Puts Pressure on Rauner to Boost the Minimum Wage

Rahm Puts Pressure on Rauner to Boost the Minimum Wage

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is questioning Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner's declaration that he'd only support a state-wide minimum wage hike if it were packaged with business-friendly, tax-slashing conditions. Read »

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Fioretti, Progressive Caucus Call for Council Hearings on CPS Swap Deals

Fioretti, Progressive Caucus Call for Council Hearings on CPS Swap Deals

Mayoral candidate and aldermen are calling for hearings on CPS borrowing practices, specifically the deals from 2003 to 2007 that ended up costing taxpayers as much $100 million. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Should Valerie Jarrett Get the Ax?

Should Valerie Jarrett Get the Ax?

In a brutal, gossipy take-down of Valerie Jarrett, the polarizing confidante to President Obama and First Lady Michelle, Politico writer Carol Felsenthal calls for the commander-in-chief to fire his most trusted... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Could Pat Quinn Actually Run for Chicago Mayor?

Could Pat Quinn Actually Run for Chicago Mayor?

Come January, Republican Bruce Rauner will officially replace Democrat Pat Quinn as governor of Illinois, which makes Quinn a free agent. People in the know say there are some in Chicago City Council who... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Fioretti Campaign Dismisses Reports That Liberal Mayor Candidate Once Donated to Bob Dole

Fioretti Campaign Dismisses Reports That Liberal Mayor Candidate Once Donated to Bob Dole

A spokesman for proudly liberal Chicago mayoral contender Bob Fioretti is slamming a Sun-Times report about Fioretti's past donations to Republican political candidates including Bob Dole as an unnecessary... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Will Rauner's Compassionate Conservatism Work in Illinois?

Will Rauner's Compassionate Conservatism Work in Illinois?

Last week a victorious Bruce Rauner, newly elected governor of Illinois, went heavy on repeating a pair of buzzwords: "competitive" and "compassionate." He's taking a page out of George W. Bush's handbook in an... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Speculation Grows Over Mark Kirk’s Political Future

Speculation Grows Over Mark Kirk’s Political Future

Few political clichés are as true as the one that says the time to start looking at the next election campaign is the day after the last one ended. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Lame Duck Session Not Without Challenges for Rauner

For Republican Bruce Rauner, the legislative session slated to begin November 19 in Springfield could prove to be trickier than he might like. Read »

Monday, Nov 10, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Rauner, Kirk Team Up for Pre-Veterans Day Event

Bruce Rauner made a public appearance Monday, nearly a week after beating Pat Quinn to become Illinois’ next governor. Read »

Monday, Nov 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Ethics Committee Releases Documents in Rush Investigation

Ethics Committee Releases Documents in Rush Investigation

The House Ethics Committee released previously-confidential documents today in its ongoing investigation of Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush and allegations that he accepted improper and illegal contributions... Read »

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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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