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Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Pros. Hint at Possibility of More Victims in Hastert Case

During a brief hearing in Federal Court Thursday, Federal prosecutors hinted at the possibility of more “victims” in the Dennis Hastert case. Read »

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Lawmakers Approve Legislation To Fund MAP Grants

Lawmakers Approve Legislation To Fund MAP Grants

The State of Illinois’ House and Senate passed legislation Monday to fund over 128,000 Monetary Award Program grants which will enable low-income students to continue to finance their higher education. Read »

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Gov. Rauner's Wikipedia Page Gets Hacked

Gov. Rauner's Wikipedia Page Gets Hacked

After a tumultuous first year in office, Gov. Bruce Rauner called for “grand compromise” in his second State of the State address Wednesday, but it seems compromise wasn’t what some of his critics were after. Read »

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Judge Delays Sentencing for Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert

A judge is expected to rule on a request from Dennis Hastert's lawyers to delay a Feb. 29 sentencing in his hush-money case because he's recuperating from a stroke and other ailments. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Ill. Dems Concerned About Budget After State of the State

Ill. Dems Concerned About Budget After State of the State

Illinois Democrats responded to Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State address Wednesday by voicing frustrations about the fallout from the state's budget impasse. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 6:14 PM

Schock Campaign Fund Has Dropped $2.5M in Legal Fees Since Resignation: Docs

Schock Campaign Fund Has Dropped $2.5M in Legal Fees Since Resignation: Docs

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, the Peoria congressman who resigned last March and now is facing an apparent federal grand jury investigation into how he handled his expenditures while in office, filed new... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 1:39 PM

Moody’s Warns of Another Downgrade for Illinois

Moody’s Warns of Another Downgrade for Illinois

As a result of $6.6 billion in unpaid bills, Moody’s warned of an additional downgrade to the state’s credit rating Monday. Read »

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 at 10:51 PM

Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Week 1

Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Week 1

A preview of important upcoming elections for Cook County and the state of Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Gov. Rauner Creates Department of Innovation and Technology

Gov. Rauner Creates Department of Innovation and Technology

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order Monday in Springfield creating a new Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Cullerton Proposes Fix for Public School Funding Gap

Cullerton Proposes Fix for Public School Funding Gap

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Monday he favors a plan that would shift $400 million to school districts in high poverty areas, stressing the need to fix the funding gap that sees affluent... 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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