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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern
      

Aldermen Question McCarthy on Crime Statistics

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was on the hot seat Friday, answering questions before a City Council committee about how the department collects and reports crime statistics. Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM
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By Erin Carlson

A Kinder, Gentler Rahm? Chicago's Mayor Gets Tough on Social Issues

A Kinder, Gentler Rahm? Chicago's Mayor Gets Tough on Social Issues

A kinder, gentler Rahm Emanuel has emerged this week, making two grand gestures that show a more compassionate side of the rough-edged Chicago mayor. It is election season, after all. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Smell that? It's the funky stench of victory for champions of expanding access to medical marijuana in the increasingly weed-friendly Windy City. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:54 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Chicago Should Name More Than Just a Park After Jane Byrne

Chicago Should Name More Than Just a Park After Jane Byrne

By any estimation, Jane deserves her day in the sun. She was one of the most colorful, passionate and, quite frankly, unpredictable public officials this city has ever had. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

City Council Blocks Watchdog's Campaign Finance Crusade

City Council Blocks Watchdog's Campaign Finance Crusade

Tensions between Chicago aldermen and Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan boiled over on Wednesday as City Council passed an ordinance designed to block Khan's actions to gain authority to investigate... Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 5:32 AM
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By Rob Elgas
      

Aldermen OK Phone Tax Hike

Phone surcharge will increase from $2.50 a month to $3.90. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:34 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Voters Get to Weigh In on Millionaire Tax

Voters Get to Weigh In on Millionaire Tax

The resolution asks voters whether incomes over $1 million should be taxed with a 3 percent surcharge. It comes as Quinn is locked in a hotly contested gubernatorial race with multimillionaire businessman Bruce... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Not All Illinois Republicans Are Thrilled with Bruce Rauner

Not All Illinois Republicans Are Thrilled with Bruce Rauner

If it turns out Bruce Rauner finds loses a tight race, social conservative voters who feel left out in the cold today might end up making a bigger difference than anyone thought. Read »

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: City Council Once Again Trying to Pull Wool Over Its Own Eyes

Opinion: City Council Once Again Trying to Pull Wool Over Its Own Eyes

The fact that Shiller is frontrunner for Office of Financial Analysis is, well, everything you need to know about how the City Council really operates. Read »

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 9:47 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Christie's Visit to Chicago Includes Trip to Portillo's

Christie's Visit to Chicago Includes Trip to Portillo's

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Chicago Friday night to support Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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