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Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Rauner Vetoes $215 Million in CPS Funding

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a $215 million funding bill for Chicago Public Schools Thursday, claiming Democratic leaders backed out of a deal to pass comprehensive pension reform by the end of the current... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Chicago City Council Approves Funding for Red, Purple Lines

The Chicago City Council unanimously approved a transit tax-increment financing Wednesday to fund reconstruction efforts for the CTA’s Purple and Red lines that could lead to $1.1 billion in federal grant... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Illinois GOP Launches New Blog Slamming ‘Boss Madigan’

Illinois GOP Launches New Blog Slamming ‘Boss Madigan’

After House Speaker Michael Madigan failed to show up to a Tuesday budget meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner and other state leaders, the Illinois Republican Party launched a blog attacking his “web of influence”... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Trump Nominates Todd Ricketts for Deputy Commerce Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Todd Ricketts for Deputy Secretary of Commerce. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 6:33 PM

House Fails to Override Rauner's Voter Registration Veto

House Fails to Override Rauner's Voter Registration Veto

The Illinois House failed to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of an automatic voter registration bill Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Ald. Ameya Pawar Mulling Run for Governor in 2018: Report

Ald. Ameya Pawar Mulling Run for Governor in 2018: Report

Ald. Ameya Pawar told Politico Tuesday that he might challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the state’s 2018 gubernatorial election. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Lawyers for Aaron Schock Seek Change of Venue to Peoria

Lawyers for former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock want his corruption case moved from Springfield to Peoria. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Todd Ricketts 'Honored' by Trump Consideration: Report

Todd Ricketts 'Honored' by Trump Consideration: Report

Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts told Politico Monday that it was ‘an honor’ to be considered for a top position in President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Duckworth Campaign Manager Takes Job as Emanuel Spokesman

Duckworth Campaign Manager Takes Job as Emanuel Spokesman

Matt McGrath, who recently served as Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth’s campaign manager, has taken a new job as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s press secretary. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 at 11:12 AM

More Than 4,000 Vacant Lots on Sale for $1 in Chicago

Got a buck? You're in luck -- that's the motto Chicago officials are using to tout the city's expanding Large Lots program, which gives residents the opportunity to buy a vacant lot for just $1. Read »

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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.

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Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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