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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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By Erin Carlson

9,000 Cook County Jail Inmates Enroll in Obamacare Amid Mental Health Crisis

9,000 Cook County Jail Inmates Enroll in Obamacare Amid Mental Health Crisis

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says nearly 9,000 inmates have signed up for Obamacare amid a rising mental health problem in county jail. Read »

Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

After Obamacare Fiasco, Call Goes Out to Get Government Up to Digital Speed

After Obamacare Fiasco, Call Goes Out to Get Government Up to Digital Speed

Why not something like a Cabinet-level office of Digital Initiatives and Implementation? Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Illinois Launches Health Insurance Marketplace

Illinois Launches Health Insurance Marketplace

Illinois residents were getting their first opportunity Tuesday to comparison shop for health insurance on a new marketplace that state officials hope will help an estimated 1.8 uninsured Illinoisans get... Read »

Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Calling Obamacare a ‘Trainwreck’ Doesn’t Make It So

Opinion: Calling Obamacare a ‘Trainwreck’ Doesn’t Make It So

To listen to Republicans in Congress and elsewhere tell it, Obamacare is about to—or already has—bankrupt the country, kille people or leave them to die in the streets. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Durbin Gives Cruz a Break From Talking ... and Talking

Durbin Gives Cruz a Break From Talking ... and Talking

Despite their opposing views, Durbin actually did Cruz a solid by asking him a question and giving his vocal chords a little break. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Senate OKs Health Coverage Exchange Plan

Illinois Senate OKs Health Coverage Exchange Plan

Lawmakers voted Thursday 37-19 to send the House a bill -- HB3227 -- establishing the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. 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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