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Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 6:27 PM
Daley Won't Speak at College Following Health Concerns

Daley Won't Speak at College Following Health Concerns

Daley was reported to be set to take the stage at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., as a guest speaker on Jan. 14 for the college's January Series, a lecture and cultural arts series. Watch »

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:59 PM

Rauner: 'I Am Ready to Go to Work For You'

Bruce Rauner took the oath of office as the 42nd governor of Illinois Monday, answering some of the many questions that hover over his first few days in office. Read »

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:57 PM
Rauner's Inaugural Address

Rauner's Inaugural Address

Illinois' 42nd governor maintains a serious but hopeful tone in his remarks after taking the oath of office. Watch »

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Rauner Inherits More Than 1,800 Clemency Petitions

Rauner Inherits More Than 1,800 Clemency Petitions

Departing Gov. Pat Quinn granted 43 clemency petitions in his final moments as governor, commuting the sentences of four people and reducing the sentences of two others. Read »

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Rauner Takes Oath of Office

Rauner Takes Oath of Office

Bruce Rauner takes the oath of office to become the 42nd governor of Illinois. Watch »

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 8:37 PM

Quinn Punts Medical Marijuana Licensing to Rauner

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has decided he will not award licenses to medical marijuana cultivation centers before his term in office ends, his spokesman said Monday. Read »

Monday, Jan 12, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Opinion: Rauner Continues ‘Limited Access’ Media Policy for Inauguration

Opinion: Rauner Continues ‘Limited Access’ Media Policy for Inauguration

Bruce Rauner continues to court controversy by limiting press access to a number of inaugural events and ceremonies due to take place today. Read »

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 4:49 PM

Rauner Attends Inaugural Events Across State

Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner spent Sunday participating in inaugural events and parties across the state leading up to the main event on Monday, when he becomes the new governor of Illinois. Read »

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Quinn Vetoes Bobcat Hunting Bill in Final Day in Office

Quinn Vetoes Bobcat Hunting Bill in Final Day in Office

In his final days in office, Governor Pat Quinn is finishing up his gubernatorial duties, including vetoing a bill that would make hunting bobcats legal in Illinois. Read »

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Rauner Releases List of Donors to Transition, Inauguration

Rauner Releases List of Donors to Transition, Inauguration

Hospital and manufacturing trade groups are among the largest donors to Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner's transition and inauguration, according to a list he released late Saturday. 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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