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Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rauner’s Irresponsible Tax Plan Polls Well Among Voters

Opinion:  Rauner’s Irresponsible Tax Plan Polls Well Among Voters

If there’s one trick Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner knows well, it’s telling people what they want to hear. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 9:33 AM
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By The Associated Press

Chicago Sets Up Affordable Housing Task Force

Chicago Sets Up Affordable Housing Task Force

The task force is asked to make recommendations for changes in the city's Affordable Requirements Ordinance that will lead to the addition of 1,000 affordable housing units over the next five years. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM

'Private' Summit to Tackle Chicago Gang Violence

Federal and local officials and faith-based leaders will take part in a private meeting to discuss what can be done about the shootings in Chicago. NBC Chicago's Lauren Petty reports for the NBC 5 NEWS TODAY on... Watch »

Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Illinois Law a Boost to Ex-Offenders Seeking Jobs

Illinois Law a Boost to Ex-Offenders Seeking Jobs

Ex-offenders in Illinois won't have to disclose their criminal pasts until private employers first evaluate their job skills, under a new law signed Saturday by Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax "Trailer Parks" If Elected Governor

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax

Bruce Rauner handed Pat Quinn yet another opening to attack his one-percenter lifestyle when the Republican gubernatorial candidate mistakenly pitched a plan to tax trailer parks. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:45 PM
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By Staff Report
      

Kirk Calls For Stronger Sanctions Against Russia

Sen. Mark Kirk said he felt "horror" when he heard about the "totally unnecessary shoot-down" of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 3:57 PM
      

Construction Begins on Wolf Point West

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand to Friday to help break ground on a new 48-story, $160 million development. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Wants Place in Palm Springs: Report

Michelle Obama Wants Place in Palm Springs: Report

Forget the breathless speculation over which city will host Barack Obama's much-coveted presidential library and museum. We all know Chicago's the frontrunner. The bigger mystery: Will the president and first... Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 12:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Spends $10K on Cheesecake Deliveries

Emanuel Spends $10K on Cheesecake Deliveries

If you donate cash to Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign, expect to find a gift-wrapped cheesecake on your doorstep. The Chicago mayor doled out really big money -- about $10,000 in total -- on cheesecake... Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Phil Rogers
 

Prosecutors Fire Back at Blago Appeals Court Letter

Federal prosecutors fired back at Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys Friday, saying a recent court decision on campaign finance does not mean they have to prove that Blagojevich explicitly asked for something in return... 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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