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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 »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Concept Schools' Expansion Plans Highlight Double Standards for Charters

Concept Schools' Expansion Plans Highlight Double Standards for Charters

Back in the old days, it used to be that an FBI raid on a private company meant something. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Public Schools OK Controversial $6.8 Billion Budget

Chicago Public Schools OK Controversial $6.8 Billion Budget

As expected, Chicago Public Schools pushed the button on its controversial $6.8 billion budget for 2015 amid criticism over slashing public school money, diverting more dollars into charters and falling back on... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:38 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Have Rahm's Tough Choices Failed?

Have Rahm's Tough Choices Failed?

Conventional wisdom says Rahm Emanuel won the 2011 Chicago mayoral election on a promise to fix the city’s chronic budget problems. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as "Reckless"

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as

Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, Paul Vallas, unleashed his inner Rahm Emanuel while slamming Bruce Rauner's newly released tax plan as "totally disingenuous if not totally dishonest." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs $1 Billion Road Project Plan

Quinn Signs $1 Billion Road Project Plan

The Chicago Democrat approved the bipartisan legislation that also will provide lawmakers with opportunities to attend popular ribbon-cutting ceremonies in an election year. The plan got overwhelming support in... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Suddenly, Rahm’s Millions May Not Be Enough

Opinion: Suddenly, Rahm’s Millions May Not Be Enough

A number of key similarities exist between the 2014 Newark mayoral race and the upcoming Chicago election. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Prison Sentencing Reform Could Stem Gun Violence

Prison Sentencing Reform Could Stem Gun Violence

As NBC Chicago previously reported, in devastating detail, at least 40 people were shot over the weekend resulting in four fatalities. The key to curbing the gun-fueled bloodshed in Illinois could be prison... Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM
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By Christian Farr
      

Chicago Summit Addresses Gang Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago's police superintendent and community leaders Monday for a closed-door meeting to solve the city's crime epidemic. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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