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Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Report: Emanuel Could Get Stuck With Daley's $200 Million Bill

Report: Emanuel Could Get Stuck With Daley's $200 Million Bill

As if Chicago weren't up-to-here in debt, another financial headache has surfaced that could make things a whole lot worse: the Sun-Times reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel may soon have to deal with a $200 million... Read »

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Releases Budget Plan

Rauner Releases Budget Plan

Rauner told reporters Thursday that he'll sell most of the state's planes. He adds the state could save $60 million by moving lawmakers from pensions into 401(k) plans. He calls the Department of Central... Read »

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Wants State Support for $600 Million Chicago Pension Crisis

Emanuel Wants State Support for $600 Million Chicago Pension Crisis

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is finally talking about how he plans to address the looming $600 milion pension bill for police and firefighters. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Gov. Quinn Approves Early Education Law

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that sets aside a bigger portion of state grant money to finance early childhood education. Read »

Monday, Jun 9, 2014 at 10:47 PM
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By Associated Press

Unions Plan to Sue Over Pensions

A coalition of unions says it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the newly-signed law aimed at overhauling two of Chicago's pension systems. Read »

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 5:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois House Orders $50 Million for Chicago Teacher Pensions

Illinois House Orders $50 Million for Chicago Teacher Pensions

Under tight deadline, Illinois lawmakers voted to set aside $50 million for Chicago teacher pensions in the rush to get things done before the Capitol closes shop for the summer. Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

POLL: Chicago Voters Balk at Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike

POLL: Chicago Voters Balk at Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike

File under "News That Will Surprise Exactly No One": an overwhelming majority of Chicago voters oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to shore up city pension funds with a $250 million property tax increase. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Toni Preckwinkle 'Optimistic' About Cook County Pension Deal

Toni Preckwinkle 'Optimistic' About Cook County Pension Deal

A spokesperson for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she's "still optimistic" about getting a pension deal passed in Springfield this month, Crain's Chicago Business reports. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM
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By associated press

Judge Halts Illinois' State Pension Overhaul

Judge Halts Illinois' State Pension Overhaul

Judge issues a stay on the law until the court can rule on its constitutionality. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he'll continue to make the difficult (and unpopular) choices needed to improve Chicago, declaring: "I didn't say change would be easy." 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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