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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 »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Will the Real Progressives Please Stand Up!

Will the Real Progressives Please Stand Up!

Former mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle is hosting a forum on progressive politics on Oct. 15. Read »

Monday, May 2, 2011 at 12:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Del Valle's Next Step

Del Valle's Next Step
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The progressive's choice for mayor is encouraging his followers to attend a May 14 education summit at Whittier Elementary in Pilsen, where parents have been agitating for a new library. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Not To Get Stuck With A Ticket

How Not To Get Stuck With A Ticket

A Chicago man details how he beat a pair of $120 tickets after his city sticker fell off. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 11:08 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Del Valle Endorses Morfin in 25th Ward Runoff

Del Valle Endorses Morfin in 25th Ward Runoff
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Hoping to build a progressive movement in his post-city clerk career, Miguel del Valle endorses a progressive candidate in the 25th Ward. Read »

Monday, Mar 7, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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By Ben Bowman

Why Del Valle Declined Rahm

Why Del Valle Declined Rahm
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Del Valle had good reason not to take up Rahm on the job. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 at 1:28 PM
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By Hannah Chanpong

Del Valle Finishes Third

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, City Clerk claims just 9 percent of the vote. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 6:51 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Del Valle Camp Claims Voter Intimidation

Volunteers, voters being watched, threatened with arrest in 14th Ward: Del Valle spokesman. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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By Dick Johnson

Del Valle's Got a Way With Voters

Over lunch in Hyde Park, the candidate picked up a sweet vote. Read »

Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Can Del Valle Force a Runoff?

Can Del Valle Force a Runoff?
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The candidate's ear is to the ground as he aims to challenge Rahm. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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