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Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 6:41 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Opinion: Bill Clinton Lands in Chicago for Splashy Emanuel Fundraiser

Who wants to party with Bill Clinton? You and everyone else but none more so than Rahm Emanuel. The re-election-seeking Chicago mayor -- struggling to recover from an excruciating round of bad press -- is... Read »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

White House Memos Reveal Emanuel's Agenda on Immigration, Crime

White House Memos Reveal Emanuel's Agenda on Immigration, Crime

A batch of '90s-era White House memos from Rahm Emanuel to former President Bill Clinton reveal a shrewd political mind motivated by messaging rather than ideology. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Explains 'Dead Broke' Comment in TV Interview

Hillary Clinton Explains 'Dead Broke' Comment in TV Interview

Hillary Clinton, making the media rounds to promote her new memoir "Hard Choices," sought to explain herself on Tuesday amid criticism over her earlier assertion that she and Bill left the White House "dead... Read »

Friday, Jun 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Dick Durbin Bashes Karl Rove at Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Opinion: Dick Durbin Bashes Karl Rove at Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Chicago has Hillary Clinton fever -- at least for the month of June. The first of a series of Hillary-centric, early-summer events kicked off here Thursday night with two back-to-back fundraisers for the beloved... Read »

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Rahm Emanuel Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has endorsed Hillary Clinton for a presidential run, calling the former Secretary of State "a champion for the American people." Emanuel will stump for Clinton at a June 5... Read »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Rahm Emanuel's Money Buy Chicago's Love?

Can Rahm Emanuel's Money Buy Chicago's Love?

When it comes to fundraising, Mayor Rahm Emanuel sprints circles around political rivals and shoves the competition out of the race by sheer force of his Rolodex of mega-rich moguls, Washington insiders and... Read »

Friday, May 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Party With Emanuel and Clinton Next Month

Party With Emanuel and Clinton Next Month

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign sent out save-the-date emails for an apparent fundraising event with special guest Bill Clinton on June 20. 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, Mar 6, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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By Frazier Moore

CNN's "Chicagoland" Airs Thursday

CNN's

When President Barack Obama spoke out last week against the crime, violence and poverty that ensnares young men of color in epidemic numbers, he might have been voicing a promo for "Chicagoland," the docuseries... Read »

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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By Associated Press

NJ Gov. Christie To Appear With Bill Clinton in Chicago

NJ Gov. Christie To Appear With Bill Clinton in Chicago

Political observers will be closely watching as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participates in a discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago. 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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