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Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 at 1:31 PM

Blazier, Kurtz to Take Seats on Crystal Lake District School Board

Blazier, Kurtz to Take Seats on Crystal Lake District School Board

With all precincts reporting, unofficial McHenry County election results show that Amy Blazier and Rosemary Kurtz will likely fill two out of the three open seats on the Crystal Lake District 155 School Board. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Emanuel Greets Commuters

Emanuel shook hands, posed for selfies and received hugs from supporters Wednesday morning. And he spent time listening to residents' concerns as they moved between buses and trains at the South Side station. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Tips for Rahm Emanuel to Better Manage Stress

Tips for Rahm Emanuel to Better Manage Stress

It’s no secret that managing stress at work is crucial to becoming successful. Here are some tips for managing stress in the workplace. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 at 8:57 AM

Emanuel Faces Huge Challenges in Second Term

Emanuel Faces Huge Challenges in Second Term

Emanuel, a former congressman and chief of staff to President Barack Obama, won a second term Tuesday over a lesser-known opponent, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. Though he led Garcia by about 11... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 at 7:35 AM

What's Next for Chuy Garcia?

All is not lost for Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, but the same can't be said for the progressive voters who threw their support behind a man who waged a grassroots campaign and forced Chicago into its first runoff... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 at 6:46 AM

Ald. Suarez Could Be Ousted After 24 Years

Ald. Suarez Could Be Ousted After 24 Years

After serving in the Chicago City Council since 1991, Ald. Ray Suarez trailed in his race against Milly Santiago in the 31st Ward. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 at 11:34 AM

Buffalo Grove Village Pres. Race Too Close to Call

Buffalo Grove Village Pres. Race Too Close to Call

The race for village president of suburban Buffalo Grove was too close to call as of Wednesday morning. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Five Aldermanic Races Too Close to Call

Five Aldermanic Races Too Close to Call

Five out of 18 runoff elections for alderman were too close too call as of 6:00 a.m. Wednesday. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015 at 11:03 PM

Chicago Election Officials Say Turnout Near 40 Percent

Chicago Election Officials Say Turnout Near 40 Percent

Election officials say the turnout in Chicago's first mayoral runoff is expected to hover around 40 percent once all ballots are counted. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Incumbent David Kaptain Wins Elgin Mayoral Race

Incumbent David Kaptain Wins Elgin Mayoral Race

Joseph Galvan ran against incumbent David Kaptain, who sought his second term in office Read »

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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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