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Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia Endorses Kim Foxx for State’s Attorney

Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia Endorses Kim Foxx for State’s Attorney

Former Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia endorsed Kim Foxx’s State’s Attorney bid Wednesday. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Presidential Candidates Prepare for New Hampshire, Illinois

Historically, experts say it is pretty clear who the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees will be by the time the Illinois primary rolls around. This year, that isn’t so. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 5:05 PM

New Report Details State's Backlog of Unpaid Bills

New Report Details State's Backlog of Unpaid Bills

As a result of a budget impasse dating back to July of last year, the State of Illinois has accrued millions of dollars in unpaid bills. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Alvarez Holds Lead in Latest State’s Attorney Poll

Alvarez Holds Lead in Latest State’s Attorney Poll

Incumbent Anita Alvarez holds a sizable lead over her two Democratic opponents in the race for Cook County State's Attorney, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 3:58 PM
CPS CEO Claypool Announces Millions in Budget Cuts Amid CTU Negotiations

CPS CEO Claypool Announces Millions in Budget Cuts Amid CTU Negotiations

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool on Tuesday announced hundreds of millions of dollars in school budget cuts amid negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union. Watch »

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Rauner Moves Forward with CPS Takeover

Rauner Moves Forward with CPS Takeover

Gov. Bruce Rauner is moving forward with his plan for a state takeover of Chicago Public Schools and is looking for an interim superintendent for the financially troubled school district. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 10:36 PM

CPS Announces Millions in Budget Cuts Amid CTU Negotiations

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool announced millions in school budget cuts as well as changes to pension plans amid negations with the Chicago Teacher’s Union. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Comptroller: Illinois Will Fall $6.2B in Debt Without Budget

Comptroller: Illinois Will Fall $6.2B in Debt Without Budget

Comptroller Leslie Munger says Illinois is on track to fall $6.2 billion further into debt amid ongoing state budget gridlock. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016 at 8:19 AM

Democrats Will Wait to Send Rauner College Funding Bill

Democrats Will Wait to Send Rauner College Funding Bill

Illinois Democratic Senate President John Cullerton says he's delaying sending a funding bill for colleges to Gov. Bruce Rauner in the hopes he'll reconsider his threat to veto it. Read »

Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 7:42 PM

Many Iowa Republicans Undecided Before Caucuses

Thousands of Iowans will have America’s first say in who the Republican nominees will be Monday night – and many Iowans say they are waiting until the last minute to decide. 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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