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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, 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 »

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 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 »

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union president and scourge of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says she would consider extending an olive branch to City Hall and negotiating a compromise on member pensions. Read »

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Tribune Calls Emanuel a 'Walking Personality Disorder'

Chicago Tribune Calls Emanuel a 'Walking Personality Disorder'

The gloves are off between the Chicago Tribune and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In a brutal take-down of Emanuel, Kristen McQueary -- who sits on the traditionally conservative editorial board of the newspaper -- took... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Shoots Down Quinn's Pitch to Share State Revenue

Rahm Emanuel Shoots Down Quinn's Pitch to Share State Revenue

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is smacking down Gov. Pat Quinn's pitch to solve the city's looming pension crisis by sharing state income tax revenue. Read »

Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Dear Residents, There Are Worse States Than Illinois

Opinion: Dear Residents, There Are Worse States Than Illinois

Between the pension crisis, and the gun violence, and the education controversy, and the general lack of trust in the state government, there's a lot to be unhappy about if you call this place home. Even so,... Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike: Got a Less Painful Proposal?

Rahm Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike: Got a Less Painful Proposal?

Chicago aldermen are scrambling for less agonizing alternatives to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to raise property taxes by $250 million in order to cushion two underfunded pensions for city employees. Adding to... Read »

Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Pension Critics Seek to Exploit Crisis for Ideology

Opinion: Pension Critics Seek to Exploit Crisis for Ideology

News that Illinois legislative leaders have struck a pension deal has sent those wanting radical restructuring of the state’s pension system into overdrive. Read »

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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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