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Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Rahm Touts $23.5 Million Affordable Housing Complex for Homeless Veterans

Rahm Touts $23.5 Million Affordable Housing Complex for Homeless Veterans

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday touted the opening of a brand-new, $23.5 million affordable apartment complex for homeless veterans—and those at risk of homelessness—on the city's South Side. Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Activists Refuse to Take ‘No’ on Elected School Board Vote

Activists Refuse to Take ‘No’ on Elected School Board Vote

Some of the groups involved in the coalition have been working on the issue for years, and are confident the latest effort is a winning strategy for getting the question in front of voters. Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

This Week in Mudslinging: Sugar and Spice Makes Everything Nasty

This Week in Mudslinging: Sugar and Spice Makes Everything Nasty

With less than three weeks 'til Election Day, the mud pies are flying fast and furious. (It's messy out there.) The week's most notable moments in the endlessly entertaining circus sideshow that is Illinois... Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Airliners Pad Rahm's War Chest With $125K in Campaign Donations

Airliners Pad Rahm's War Chest With $125K in Campaign Donations

Fifty-one execs from American Airlines and United have collectively given Emanuel over $125,000 in campaign contributions in an apparent effort to curry favor in a city that's home to one of the most trafficked... Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Putnam County: Illinois' Political Bellwether

“As the vote goes in Putnam County, so goes the state,” said Democrat and Putnam County Clerk Dan Kuhn. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Emanuel Brings Microsoft Ignite Conference to Chicago

Ignite plays as something of a meta conference for Microsoft, who will combine a series of smaller conferences -- TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, The Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Project -- into one. Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM
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By Salina Jewell

Illinois General Election Guide 2014

November 4 is election day for Illinois residents to vote for who they would like... See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Rauner Recruits Black Supporters for Video Testimonials

Rauner Recruits Black Supporters for Video Testimonials

As race becomes a defining theme of 2014's hyper-competitive Illinois governor showdown, Republican Bruce Rauner—angling to dethrone Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn—has recruited African-American allies to... Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Quinn vs. Rauner: Candidates Rack Up $35 Million Campaign Tab

Quinn vs. Rauner: Candidates Rack Up $35 Million Campaign Tab

Heading into the final stretch, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican nemesis Bruce Rauner have each racked up hugely expensive campaign tabs ahead of Nov. 4's election. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Report Deems Judges Fit or Unfit for Continued Service

Report Deems Judges Fit or Unfit for Continued Service

Out of 73 Cook County judges whose names will be up for retention in the November 4th general election, the Chicago Council of Lawyers has deemed all but one as qualified to hold on to their offices. 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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