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Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Bruce Rauner says he regrets investing in a Chicago venture capital firm that did shady business with City Hall under the reign of Mayor Richard. M. Daley, the Sun-Times reports. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Report: Emanuel Could Get Stuck With Daley's $200 Million Bill

Report: Emanuel Could Get Stuck With Daley's $200 Million Bill

As if Chicago weren't up-to-here in debt, another financial headache has surfaced that could make things a whole lot worse: the Sun-Times reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel may soon have to deal with a $200 million... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Emanuel Gets PR Boost For Efforts to De-Clout City Hall

Opinion: Emanuel Gets PR Boost For Efforts to De-Clout City Hall

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel scored a big political win on Monday when a federal judge removed City Hall from close, court-mandated scrutiny of improper patronage hiring, a time-honored tradition during the Daley... Read »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Hedge Fund Mogul Ken Griffin Donates $2.5 Million to Bruce Rauner

Hedge Fund Mogul Ken Griffin Donates $2.5 Million to Bruce Rauner

Citadel CEO Ken Griffin has donated a record-smashing $2.5 million to the campaign of Bruce Rauner, Illinois' Republican nominee for governor. Read »

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Daley-Connected Developer Vies for Lucrative Contract Despite Owing $2.5 Million in Taxes

Opinion: Daley-Connected Developer Vies for Lucrative Contract Despite Owing $2.5 Million in Taxes

Another day, another shady development deal: The Chicago Sun-Times reports that developer Jack Higgins -- a friend of former Mayor Richard M. Daley -- has continued his bid to take over nine acres of prime West... Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he'll continue to make the difficult (and unpopular) choices needed to improve Chicago, declaring: "I didn't say change would be easy." Read »

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis: Bozo the Clown Could Beat Emanuel in Mayor's Race

Karen Lewis: Bozo the Clown Could Beat Emanuel in Mayor's Race

Should Karen Lewis rule out a run for Mayor of Chicago, she could easily qualify for Heckler-in-Chief. The Chicago Teachers Union firebrand and Rahm Emanuel archnemesis gleefully needled the mayor at a recent... Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Bill Daley's New Hedge Fund Gig Surprises No One

Why Bill Daley's New Hedge Fund Gig Surprises No One

After flirting with a run for Illinois governor, Bill Daley -- brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley -- has announced a new gig at the new hedge fund Argentiere Capital. Surprise? Read »

Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 5:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Former Mayor Daley to Remain in the Hospital

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley remains in the intensive care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to a family spokesperson. Read »

Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson and Mary Ann Ahern

Former Mayor Daley Taken To ICU

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was taken to the intensive care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, officials said Saturday. 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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