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Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

The Hinsdale Republican is set to become chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

CTA Seeks Input on Ashland Rapid Transit

CTA Seeks Input on Ashland Rapid Transit

Agency is holding two public meetings this week to gather input on the agency’s environmental assessment for the proposed Bus Rapid Transit on Ashland Avenue. Read »

Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Transit Worker’s Union No Friend of Rahm

Transit Worker’s Union No Friend of Rahm

In a recent polls, ATU Local 308 members showed overwhelming disapproval of the jobs Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool are doing. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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By Phil Rogers

RTA Chairman: Ventra an "Unacceptable and Systemic Failure"

RTA Chairman: Ventra an

Especially at issue, in the RTA's eyes, is how much money Ventra glitches are causing the transit system. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Dear City Council, Follow the Money on Ventra Deal

Dear City Council, Follow the Money on Ventra Deal

Beyond the poor customer service lie deeper questions about who, if anyone, is profiting from these problems and whether the CTA did a proper job of vetting its business partners. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

City Suffers Transportation Woes Beyond CTA Crash

City Suffers Transportation Woes Beyond CTA Crash

A pair of ongoing stories reminds us the deep-seated and often contentious transportation challenges the city faces won't be going away anytime soon. Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Rahm: CTA Still a Better Deal Than Driving

Mayor defends CTA pass increases. Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Saba Hamid

CTA Reaches Tentative Deal With 12 Labor Unions

The five-year agreement covers more than 1,200 workers in 12 unions but doesn't include CTA bus drivers or motormen. Read »

Monday, Jul 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Quinn Reverses Course on Part of Prison-Closing Plan

Quinn Reverses Course on Part of Prison-Closing Plan

Transition centers in Aurora, North Lawndale, Peoria saved, officials said. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Preckwinkle: Red Line Shutdown 'Worth It'

“If we’re going to have a first-class public transit system, we have to invest in it," says Cook County President. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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