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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: Hyde Park Group Protests University of Chicago's Bid

Obama Library: Hyde Park Group Protests University of Chicago's Bid

The University of Chicago is facing community opposition in its battle to claim Barack Obama's presidential library. On Thursday the Hyde Park group Trauma Care Coalition will stage a town hall and rally at the... Read »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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By The Associated Press

Hagel: Tough Defense Choices Exist After War

Hagel: Tough Defense Choices Exist After War

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says tough trade-offs are necessary as the military pivots from a 13-year war footing and comes under enormous budgetary constraints. Read »

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Jokes About Rick Perry, 'Raging Socialist' School

Obama Jokes About Rick Perry, 'Raging Socialist' School

President Obama delivered some sharp one-liners worthy of a Daily Show monologue at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, poking fun at Joe Biden, John Boehner and Chris Christie, among other usual... Read »

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Report: Chicago's Top Public Schools Admit More White Students

Report: Chicago's Top Public Schools Admit More White Students

Chicago's top-ranked public high schools have enrolled more white students in the years following a judge's 2009 decision to strike down a desegregation decree, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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By Lisa Balde

CPS To Name New High School For Obama

CPS To Name New High School For Obama

President Barack Obama is getting a namesake high school in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced plans Thursday to build the Barack Obama College Preparatory... Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Bill Daley's New Hedge Fund Gig Surprises No One

Why Bill Daley's New Hedge Fund Gig Surprises No One

After flirting with a run for Illinois governor, Bill Daley -- brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley -- has announced a new gig at the new hedge fund Argentiere Capital. Surprise? Read »

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Debate over President Barack Obama's presidential library and museum is getting hotter by the millisecond -- or so it seems -- as Illinois politicians, media pundits and the voting public weigh in on whether... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Feds' Focus on Chicago Violence Is Part of the Solution

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have presided over a significant drop in crime, containing the beast that is the city's gang problem seems an insurmountable feat... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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By Associated Press

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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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