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Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

When your approval rating starts off a campaign at 35 percent or lower, you have to be seen by at least some voters and political observers as the underdog. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 2:06 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel's Approval Ratings Sink to New Low in Tribune Poll

Emanuel's Approval Ratings Sink to New Low in Tribune Poll

The Chicago Tribune took another big swipe at Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, publishing the dismal results of a job performance poll that shows Emanuel's approval numbers in the tank. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM
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By Associated Press

Ex-CEO of Red Light Camera Company Indicted

Ex-CEO of Red Light Camera Company Indicted

It accuses her of providing a retired city official around $570,000 in cash and other benefits for inside information helping Redflex land Chicago contracts that grew to $124 million in value. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: The False Equivalency of Karen, Bob and Rahm

Opinion: The False Equivalency of Karen, Bob and Rahm

On the political beat, there are few stories easier to write than one that says Candidate X is just like Candidate Y. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Defends Six-Figure Salary

Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis is defending her six-figure salary and three homes -- one of which is in Hawaii -- as "solidly middle class." Read »

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Returns From New York, Trumpets Summer Camp Data

Emanuel Returns From New York, Trumpets Summer Camp Data

Hours after attending an income inequality summit in New York City, Rahm Emanuel jetted back to Chicago where he began Wednesday by trumpeting another item on his increasingly progressive-infused political... Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Flies to New York for Summit on Income Inequality

Emanuel Flies to New York for Summit on Income Inequality

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in New York City on Monday to attend a summit of American mayors, led by Michael Bloomberg's new-ish successor Bill De Blasio. The event marked the first gathering of the newly... Read »

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Joins Disgraced Gen. McChrystal for Navy Seal Fundraiser in Chicago

Rauner Joins Disgraced Gen. McChrystal for Navy Seal Fundraiser in Chicago

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will appear alongside former U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal at the Navy Seal Foundation's upcoming Chicago fundraiser. Read »

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Two Media Stories Open Windows On Rahm’s Chicago

Opinion: Two Media Stories Open Windows On Rahm’s Chicago

Two outstanding pieces of investigative reporting this week go a long way in demonstrating exactly how Chicago is run under the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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By Associated Press

40 Illinois State Police Troopers to Help Chicago

40 Illinois State Police Troopers to Help Chicago

Forty Illinois State Troopers are being dispatched to Chicago to help the city's police department combat street violence during what is typically the most dangerous time of year. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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