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Monday, Nov 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Rahm Progress Report: How's He Doing as Chicago Mayor?

Rahm Progress Report: How's He Doing as Chicago Mayor?

Rahm Emanuel will be up for referendum in February when Chicagoans get the chance to hand the mayor a second term—or kick him to the curb. Read »

Monday, Nov 10, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Opinion: CPS Priorities – Millions for Wall Street, Nothing for Students

Opinion: CPS Priorities – Millions for Wall Street, Nothing for Students

The story of CPS' bad bets on interest rate swaps is a long, complex and downright scandalous story that comes at the expense of the very students whose future CPS is supposed to protect. Read »

Monday, Nov 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Illinois Treasurer Standoff: Frerichs Closes In On Cross Lead

Illinois Treasurer Standoff: Frerichs Closes In On Cross Lead

Nearly a week has passed since Election Day, but the outcome of the nasty, neck-and-neck Illinois treasurer race remains up in the air until every single vote is counted. As of Monday, Republican Tom Cross... Read »

Monday, Nov 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM

What Rahm Can Learn From Rauner's Chicago Numbers

What Rahm Can Learn From Rauner's Chicago Numbers

The fact that Bruce Rauner bested Pat Quinn to take an affluent downtown Chicago ward on Election Night could have ramifications for Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he launches a re-election campaign that will require... Read »

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Madigan Rep: We Discovered Rauner's Voicemail

Madigan Rep: We Discovered Rauner's Voicemail

After some confusion, Michael Madigan's spokesman says he finally found the voicemail that Republican Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner alleged to have left for the Democratic House Speaker on Election Night. A search... Read »

Friday, Nov 7, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Lawmaker Gets Probation 3 Days After Re-Election

LaShawn Ford, a West Side Democrat, pleaded guilty in August to one count of misdemeanor income tax charge violation. Read »

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Meet Bruce Rauner's Transition Team

Just who are these folks helping Illinois' Republican governor-elect ease into Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's Springfield digs? Read »

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Opinion: Time for Oberweis to Face Reality

Opinion: Time for Oberweis to Face Reality

There’s an old saying about drinking alcohol: “When three people at a party tell you you’re drunk, don't drive home.” Read »

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Bruce Rauner Transition Team Includes Bill Daley

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner added some familiar faces to his transition committee. Read »

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Madigan Rep: Rauner Didn't Call on Election Night

Madigan Rep: Rauner Didn't Call on Election Night

Michael Madigan's spokesman says that the Democratic Illinois House Speaker didn't speak with Bruce Rauner on Election Night, refuting remarks the Republican governor-elect made in his victory speech. 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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