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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM
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By Marcus Riley

State Police Join CPD Unit in Month-Long Trial

Up to 40 Illinois State troopers were dispatched to Chicago on Thursday in a 30-day trial to help the city's police department combat street violence. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Madigan Skips Democrat Day at Illinois State Fair

Madigan Skips Democrat Day at Illinois State Fair

It's Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair, which means another stump speech from embattled Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: It's Time for Rauner to Own Up to GTCR Management Flubs

Opinion: It's Time for Rauner to Own Up to GTCR Management Flubs

Bruce Rauner needs to take some responsibility for the ConvergEx debacle and other failures of corporate management, says Crain's Chicago Business' Greg Hinz in one of his best -- and most eviscerating --... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Mosely

Politics Reign at Illinois State Fair's Governor's Day

Democrats try to rally the vote during traditionally difficult non-presidential election year. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM
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By Carol Marin

Dying Illinois Race Tracks Seek Gambling Expansion

Industry leaders say they can't survive without new forms of revenue. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and opponent Bruce Rauner have collectively spent more cash this election cycle than any other governor race in recent state history. Read »

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 1:39 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs "Sign and Drive" Into Law

Quinn Signs

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation ending the practice of posting a driver's license as security after certain traffic citations, meaning drivers now may sign a citation as their guarantee they will appear in... Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois State Fair Parade Canceled Due to Rain

Illinois State Fair Parade Canceled Due to Rain

Heavy rains drowned out a parade Thursday kicking off the Illinois State Fair, a 10-day celebration of agriculture that includes a mammoth 500-pound butter cow sculpture, concerts and various fried delicacies on... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rothenberg Report Changes Illinois Governor Race to Favor Rauner

Rothenberg Report Changes Illinois Governor Race to Favor Rauner

Less than a week after Politico switched its projected outcome of of Illinois' gubernatorial race from "toss-up" to "leans Republican," The Rothenberg Report is following suit to tweak its rating to favor GOP... Read »

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner and Quinn Trade Barbs Over Cayman Controversy

Which surprises you the most: A) That Bruce Rauner diverted some of his millions to the Cayman Islands, Mitt Romney-style; B) That Pat Quinn immediately jumped on the news to cast Rauner as a villainous tax... 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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