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Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Newly-Signed Legislation Brings 'Happy Hour' Back to Illinois

Newly-Signed Legislation Brings 'Happy Hour' Back to Illinois

Happy hour drink specials will make a comeback in Illinois under legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 7:05 PM

Illinois Senate Approves One-Month Budget

State lawmakers on Wednesday approved a one-month budget, moving forward with a plan approved by the House last week, despite the fact that Gov. Bruce Rauner opposes it. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 9:54 AM

Rauner Signs Electronics Recycling Bill

Rauner Signs Electronics Recycling Bill

The state's electronics recycling efforts will change after Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation addressing shortfalls in the program. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2015 at 4:54 PM

Cook County Board Approves Sales Tax Increase

Cook County commissioners on Wednesday approved a proposal by the board president to raise the county sales tax by 1 percent, making Chicago's sales tax rate the highest in the nation. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:36 PM

Illinois Gov. Rauner OKs Bobcat Hunting

Illinois Gov. Rauner OKs Bobcat Hunting

Illinois hunters may target bobcats beginning next year after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a law Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Rauner, Democrats Spar in Springfield Over Budget

Senate Democrats in Springfield have the chance to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget vetoes and solve the budget crisis, but the chances of a compromise are still unknown. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 9:50 PM

Illinois Senate Budget Veto Override in Doubt

Key Senate Democrats pressed for a vote on reversing Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget veto, suggesting Tuesday that any available hammer be used to break the months long spending deadlock before a deadline of... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Photos Released of Obama Movie Set in Chicago

Photos Released of Obama Movie Set in Chicago

The first photos from the Chicago set of the Barack and Michelle Obama movie "Southside With You" were released Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Hastert Attorney: Misconduct Allegations Complicate Case

A lawyer for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert says media reports of alleged past misconduct have severely complicated the hush-money case. Read »

Monday, Jul 13, 2015 at 7:07 PM

CPS Warns of More Funding Cuts Without Pension Help

Chicago Public Schools officials say at least 65 schools will have to make drastic cuts without pension help from legislators. 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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