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Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Chicago Board of Election Supervisor Gets the Pink Slip

Chicago Board of Election Supervisor Gets the Pink Slip

A supervisor at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners was given the pink slip following last week's high-stakes, high-drama midterm elections, Ward Room confirms. Read »

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Chicago Politicians Remember Former Mayor Jane Byrne

Jane Byrne, Chicago’s first and only female elected mayor, died Friday at the age of 81. Read »

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne Dies at 81

Jane Byrne, who shocked the Chicago political establishment when she was elected Mayor in 1979, died today. She was 81. Read »

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Rauner Meets With Madigan, Cullerton For First Time

Rauner Meets With Madigan, Cullerton For First Time

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner met with House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton for the first time Thursday morning at the Chicago Club. Read »

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Is Luis Gutierrez Running for President?

Is Luis Gutierrez Running for President?

Add Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez to the ever-growing list of People Who May Run for President in 2016 ... or Someday. Read »

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Rahm Puts Pressure on Rauner to Boost the Minimum Wage

Rahm Puts Pressure on Rauner to Boost the Minimum Wage

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is questioning Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner's declaration that he'd only support a state-wide minimum wage hike if it were packaged with business-friendly, tax-slashing conditions. Read »

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Fioretti, Progressive Caucus Call for Council Hearings on CPS Swap Deals

Fioretti, Progressive Caucus Call for Council Hearings on CPS Swap Deals

Mayoral candidate and aldermen are calling for hearings on CPS borrowing practices, specifically the deals from 2003 to 2007 that ended up costing taxpayers as much $100 million. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Should Valerie Jarrett Get the Ax?

Should Valerie Jarrett Get the Ax?

In a brutal, gossipy take-down of Valerie Jarrett, the polarizing confidante to President Obama and First Lady Michelle, Politico writer Carol Felsenthal calls for the commander-in-chief to fire his most trusted... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Could Pat Quinn Actually Run for Chicago Mayor?

Could Pat Quinn Actually Run for Chicago Mayor?

Come January, Republican Bruce Rauner will officially replace Democrat Pat Quinn as governor of Illinois, which makes Quinn a free agent. People in the know say there are some in Chicago City Council who... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Fioretti Campaign Dismisses Reports That Liberal Mayor Candidate Once Donated to Bob Dole

Fioretti Campaign Dismisses Reports That Liberal Mayor Candidate Once Donated to Bob Dole

A spokesman for proudly liberal Chicago mayoral contender Bob Fioretti is slamming a Sun-Times report about Fioretti's past donations to Republican political candidates including Bob Dole as an unnecessary... Read »

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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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