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Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Getting Dovish: Rauner Scraps Hunting Event

Getting Dovish: Rauner Scraps Hunting Event

Bruce Rauner has scrapped plans to take donors on a dove hunt. The Republican governor candidate had initially invited contributors pledging $10,000 the chance to join him for some dove-shooting action at the... Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's political allies are applauding his pact with the Fraternal Order of Police union to reportedly get Chicago law enforcement officers an 11 percent raise as well as retroactive pay. Not among... Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Takes Turn for the Worse; Candidates Play Wealth Card

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Takes Turn for the Worse; Candidates Play Wealth Card

Now that Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, it's time for the real games to begin. The end of summer is when election season really starts to rev up, and with Nov. 4 just two months away, political... Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Beside recruiting President Barack Obama's former adviser David Plouffe to lead its policy branch, Uber has brought on a small army of lobbyists to tackle political issues on the state level—and here in... Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Quinn Needs More Than ‘Class Warfare’ Strategy to Win

Opinion: Quinn Needs More Than ‘Class Warfare’ Strategy to Win

Quinn seems to be placing all of his bets on one central idea: Bruce Rauner is simply too rich to be governor. Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Emanuel Releases Statement on Passing of Radio Legend Roy Leonard

Longtime WGN radio host died at Evanston Hospital on Thursday at the age of 83.

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Who Wins Twitter: Durbin vs. Oberweis

Who Wins Twitter: Durbin vs. Oberweis

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has thousands more Twitter followers than Jim Oberweis, but the suburban Chicago ice cream magnate-slash-state senator is gaining momentum on the powerful Illinois Democrat. As the... Read »

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Pulls a Romney In Minimum Wage Confession

While Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn subsists on minimum wage in what some view as an election-cycle PR stunt, his Republican rival Bruce Rauner's past statements on the issue continue to haunt the Winnetka venture... Read »

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: UNO Charter’s Troubles Just Don't Seem to Stop

Opinion: UNO Charter’s Troubles Just Don't Seem to Stop

It’s hard to make a case for UNO as something other than a failed business that just can’t seem to stop creating scandals, one after the other. Read »

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM
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By The Associated Press

Treasurer Candidate Picks Up Endorsement

Treasurer Candidate Picks Up Endorsement

An influential business advocacy organization is endorsing Republican state Rep. Tom Cross over Democratic state Sen. Mike Frerichs in the race for Illinois treasurer. 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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