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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

City Continues to Walk Fine Line on Police Overtime

City Continues to Walk Fine Line on Police Overtime

The city is once again spending millions of dollars beyond what was budgeted for police overtime. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Illinois Governor Candidates Spar in Last Debate

The candidates for Illinois governor are making their case to voters in the third and final televised debate ahead of the November election. Read »

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 8:29 PM

City Treasurer Stephanie Neely Stepping Down

City Treasurer Stephanie Neely will step down after eight years in office, effective at the end of November. Read »

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Bruce Rauner Won't Campaign With Rand Paul, Ted Cruz

Bruce Rauner Won't Campaign With Rand Paul, Ted Cruz

The GOP is touting Bruce Rauner as The Next Best Thing to rescue Illinois from fiscal doom. The media often touts Rand Paul as The Second Coming to rebrand and energize the party, saving it from its stodgy self.... Read »

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Obama Casts Early Ballot in General Election

"This is the most important office in a democracy: the office of citizen," Obama said inside polling location. Read »

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Karen Lewis Returns to Twitter After Brain Tumor Diagnosis

Karen Lewis Returns to Twitter After Brain Tumor Diagnosis

Karen Lewis is back on Twitter. Until yesterday, the Chicago Teachers Union president, former mayoral contender and avid tweeter had been silent on the social media platform since Oct. 5, when she checked... Read »

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Early Voting Available Through Nov. 2

Early Voting Available Through Nov. 2

Early voting locations include libraries, village halls and community centers throughout the state, and are listed by county clerks' offices. Read »

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Obama, in Chicago, Urges Quinn Supporters to Vote Early

President Barack Obama returned to Chicago on Sunday for the second time in as many weeks to try and give Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign a boost. Read »

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Illinois Voters To Face Rare Ballot Questions

Illinois Voters To Face Rare Ballot Questions

When Illinois voters cast ballots for the November election, they will have a rare opportunity to weigh in on nearly half a dozen hot-button issues. Read »

Friday, Oct 17, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Governor's Race Too Close to Call, New Poll Shows

A new poll by the Paul Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University showed the race for Illnois governor is too close to call. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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