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Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 8:44 AM

Election Dates to Replace Schock Set for July, September

Election Dates to Replace Schock Set for July, September

The dates have been set in the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Ald. Michele Smith Wins Re-Election in 43rd Ward

Ald. Michele Smith Wins Re-Election in 43rd Ward

Ald. Michele Smith claimed victory in the 43rd Ward race Tuesday when challenger Caroline Vickrey conceded. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 6:40 PM

Rauner to File Extension On Personal Income Taxes

Rauner to File Extension On Personal Income Taxes

Gov. Bruce Rauner will not file his personal income taxes by Wednesday, according to a spokesman. He will file an extension like he did last year. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Emanuel Re-Allocates $750K of Budget to Mental Health Services

Emanuel Re-Allocates $750K of Budget to Mental Health Services

The Chicago Department of Public Health will invest $750,000 of funding from Mayor Emanuel’s 2015 budget and re-allocate it to mental health services for the city’s most vulnerable residents, the mayor’s office... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 2:54 PM

Four Former Schock Staff Members Subpoenaed in U.S. Probe

Four Former Schock Staff Members Subpoenaed in U.S. Probe

Congress said Tuesday it has been told at least four staffers who worked for former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury as part of an ongoing probe into the... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Nobody Sent Her: The Political Marvel That Is Lisa Schrader

Nobody Sent Her: The Political Marvel That Is Lisa Schrader

Lisa Schrader was a political wonder, rising through the ranks of Chicago government without a political clout head start. Now that she's resigning her chief of staff post for mayor Rahm Emanuel, could she be... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 11:32 AM

Sen. Durbin: Illinois Govt. 'Stands Ready' to Help Tornado Victims

Sen. Dick Durbin spoke on the senate floor Tuesday in response to the deadly tornadoes that killed two and severely damaged cities across northern Illinois last week. Read »

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Opinion: The Value of Clout

Opinion: The Value of Clout

The clout-heavy Dingle couple convicted last year of federal grant fraud charges, continued to profit from state university money long after they were indicted. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Kirk: People 'Drive Faster Through' Black Communities

Sen. Mark Kirk is under fire for a comment he allegedly made during an interview last week describing African-American neighborhoods as areas people “drive faster through.” Read »

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 at 8:28 AM

Same-Sex Couple in Clinton Ad Invites Her to Wedding

A same-sex Chicago couple featured in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign announcement has invited Clinton to their wedding this summer. 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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