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By Marcus Riley
      

Karen Lewis Lays Groundwork for Possible Mayoral Run

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

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan

Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan

Is Rahm Emanuel "Chicago" enough? Still spry at 90 years old, Ed Kelly -- the former Chicago Park District Superintendent -- answers in the negative, not holding back when asked about the embattled mayor during... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Slams Rahm's 'Meaningless' Firefighter Jobs Plan in Sun-Times Op-Ed

Karen Lewis Slams Rahm's 'Meaningless' Firefighter Jobs Plan in Sun-Times Op-Ed

Chicago Teachers Union boss and human megaphone Karen Lewis is attacking Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the pages of the Sun-Times, dismissing his new initiative to give CPS grads a leg up in city firefighter jobs as an... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Mayor, Council Still Owe Answer On Mental Health Clinic Closures

Opinion: Mayor, Council Still Owe Answer On Mental Health Clinic Closures

First, the good news: there’s going to be a hearing. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel "Less Safe": Poll

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel

A Chicago Tribune poll reveals that Illinois' new concealed carry law, introduced in January, makes a majority of Chicagoans feel unsafe. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM
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By STMW

Woman Robbed Near Emanuel’s North Side Home

Woman Robbed Near Emanuel’s North Side Home

A woman was robbed early Sunday near the North Side home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Pegs Low Approval Rating on 'Economic Stress'

Emanuel Pegs Low Approval Rating on 'Economic Stress'

It's not me -- it's the economy, says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, responding to a bleak Chicago Tribune report on his downward spiraling job approval rating. Read »

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 »

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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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