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Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM
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By Associated Press

Ex-CEO of Red Light Camera Company Indicted

Ex-CEO of Red Light Camera Company Indicted

It accuses her of providing a retired city official around $570,000 in cash and other benefits for inside information helping Redflex land Chicago contracts that grew to $124 million in value. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Democrats Gather For Breakfast at State Fair

Democrats Gather For Breakfast at State Fair

08/13/14: Wednesday is Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair. NBC Chicago's Carol Marin reports on the morning breakfast ahead of an afternoon rally of Democrats. Watch »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Wednesday Daily Dish

Wednesday Daily Dish

8/13/14: Mary Ann Ahern talks you through the hot button political issues for Wednesday, August 13, including Karen Lewis's housing situation, Governor Pat Quinn's big day at the State Fair and Rauner's... Watch »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: The False Equivalency of Karen, Bob and Rahm

Opinion: The False Equivalency of Karen, Bob and Rahm

On the political beat, there are few stories easier to write than one that says Candidate X is just like Candidate Y. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Karen Lewis Defends Six-Figure Salary

Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis is defending her six-figure salary and three homes -- one of which is in Hawaii -- as "solidly middle class." Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM
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By Carol Marin
      

Dying Illinois Race Tracks Seek Gambling Expansion

Industry leaders say they can't survive without new forms of revenue. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Returns From New York, Trumpets Summer Camp Data

Emanuel Returns From New York, Trumpets Summer Camp Data

Hours after attending an income inequality summit in New York City, Rahm Emanuel jetted back to Chicago where he began Wednesday by trumpeting another item on his increasingly progressive-infused political... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

A trio of Wisconsin politicians -- Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus -- came down to Illinois with claws out, deploying insults about President... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rauner Buying His Way Into Hearts of Local Pols

Rauner Buying His Way Into Hearts of Local Pols

First-time candidate is spreading his own brand of political love across the state among local Republican political organizations. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Associated Press
      

Quinn Urges Rauner to Commit to Debates

New poll shows Rauner leading incumbent Quinn. 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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