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Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Emanuel Praise Walgreen's Decision to Remain in Illinois

Illinois politicians are praising Walgreen's decision to keep its headquarters in suburban Chicago rather than take it overseas to save on corporate taxes. Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Education Adviser Resigns Amid City Hall Exodus

Emanuel Education Adviser Resigns Amid City Hall Exodus

Beth Swanson -- a top-ranked education adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel who helped settle the 2012 teachers strike -- has left her cushy gig at City Hall for an apparently cushier VP position at The Joyce... Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 3:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Cubs CEO to Stage Fundraiser at Wrigley Field

Cubs CEO to Stage Fundraiser at Wrigley Field

It's a great day for a ... political fundraiser? Chicago Cubs CEO Tom Ricketts is using Wrigley Field to stage a campaign event for his brother, Pete, Nebraska's Republican candidate for governor. Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM
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By Erin Carlson

A Kinder, Gentler Rahm? Chicago's Mayor Gets Tough on Social Issues

A Kinder, Gentler Rahm? Chicago's Mayor Gets Tough on Social Issues

A kinder, gentler Rahm Emanuel has emerged this week, making two grand gestures that show a more compassionate side of the rough-edged Chicago mayor. It is election season, after all. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM
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By Associated Press

Rahm Introduces Minimum Wage Ordinance

Rahm Introduces Minimum Wage Ordinance

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Latest Council Move on Campaign Finance a Disgrace

Opinion: Latest Council Move on Campaign Finance a Disgrace

The City Council is sending a very clear message when it comes to investigating campaign finance violations: How dare anyone try and find out what we’re doing behind the scenes? Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

City Council Blocks Watchdog's Campaign Finance Crusade

City Council Blocks Watchdog's Campaign Finance Crusade

Tensions between Chicago aldermen and Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan boiled over on Wednesday as City Council passed an ordinance designed to block Khan's actions to gain authority to investigate... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Rahm Beats Karen Lewis in Latest Mayoral Poll

Rahm Beats Karen Lewis in Latest Mayoral Poll

Poll shows Rahm beating potential opponent Karen Lewis by 12 points in mayoral race. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Aldermen Ask IG to Open Probe Into Red Light Tickets

Aldermen Ask IG to Open Probe Into Red Light Tickets

The alderman are asking for details pertaining to the program and for specific data on the system’s management, standards, revenue and other facts. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report

Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report

Gov. Pat Quinn wrote a personal check for $1,000 to help the family of slain 11-year-old Shamiya Adams pay for her funeral this weekend. 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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