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Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Last week we analyzed the demographics of those following Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner on Twitter. The results were fascinating. This Wednesday, we turn our attention from... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Vetoes Uber Bill In a Win for Ride-Share Companies

Quinn Vetoes Uber Bill In a Win for Ride-Share Companies

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill targeting Uber and other ride-share companies with stiff state-wide regulations including mandatory commercial issurance and chaffeur's licenses for drivers. Read »

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Stops Dropping Rahm's Name in Public

Karen Lewis Stops Dropping Rahm's Name in Public

Karen Lewis is getting serious about running for mayor. At an event in Little Village last night, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union boss did not directly mention Rahm Emanuel by name -- another sign that she's... Read »

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:18 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Once Called Quinn an 'Extraordinary' Leader

Rauner Once Called Quinn an 'Extraordinary' Leader

The Chicago Sun-Times unearths old footage of Bruce Rauner singing Democrats' praises during a November 2010 speech on the National Restaurant Association's decision to keep its annual trade show at McCormick... Read »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library

Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library

As President Barack Obama's foundation reviews locations for his library and museum -- Chicago is the unofficial frontrunner -- voters in his adopted hometown are divided over whether to use taxpayer dollars to... Read »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chicago Looks Ready For Its ‘Progressive Moment’

Opinion: Chicago Looks Ready For Its ‘Progressive Moment’

What’s clear is that as far as progressives go in Chicago, the opportunity for a historic moment is upon them. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm to Ed Kelly: Don't Feel Sorry for Me

Rahm to Ed Kelly: Don't Feel Sorry for Me

Memo to Ed Kelly: Rahm Emanuel doesn't want your pity. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Staff Report

Karen Lewis' Mayoral Committee Files With Board of Elections

Karen Lewis is one step closer to entering the race for Chicago mayor. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber

The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber

As Uber plows into the taxi industry in Illinois, its eye on dominating Chicago, the fast-growing ride-share start-up has recruited David Plouffe to handle the messy political side of things. President Barack... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Karen Lewis Lays Groundwork for Possible Mayoral Run

CTU president says she's filed financial paperwork, plans to circulate petitions, but hasn't made an official decision. Read »

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