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Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm's 'Deathly Vampire Stare' Photographed on the Brown Line

If you spy Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the Brown line, and you take a surreptitious photo on your smartphone, warning: The flash may go off. Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

If you thought last week was bad, the gloves are off between Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner as they lob toxic verbal grenades back and forth with the latter treading carefully not to step in... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel Proposes City Curfew Change

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants 17-year-olds to be included in the city’s curfew law. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Can City Council Oust Faisal Khan?

Can City Council Oust Faisal Khan?

Faisal Khan's future hangs in the balance as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his aldermanic allies took action depose the ambitious Legislative Inspector General and transfer watchdog duties to Joseph Ferguson. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Apple Maps Abruptly Renames Stony Island Avenue

Apple Maps Abruptly Renames Stony Island Avenue

Some Chicago aldermen are raising eyebrows over the revelation that Apple's iPhone maps app has abruptly re-named a mayor South Side thoroughfare. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat

Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat

Two of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's most vocal critics are incher closer to making a decision on whether to challenge him at the ballot box this February. Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's political allies are applauding his pact with the Fraternal Order of Police union to reportedly get Chicago law enforcement officers an 11 percent raise as well as retroactive pay. Not among... Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Beside recruiting President Barack Obama's former adviser David Plouffe to lead its policy branch, Uber has brought on a small army of lobbyists to tackle political issues on the state level—and here in... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Repays City $14,623 for Taxpayer-Funded Trips

Emanuel Repays City $14,623 for Taxpayer-Funded Trips

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel confirmed Wednesday that he repaid the city $14,623 in costs from taxpayer-funded business trips. "Over the last three years, we had a series of trips and we've done the things... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Karen Lewis Still Mum on Mayoral Run

CTU president criticizes Rahm, begins collecting signatures for possible run. 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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