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Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 at 6:23 PM

Fairley, Emanuel Continue War of Words Over Budget

Just one day after she criticized the city of Chicago’s budget over concerns that funding was inadequate for the Community Office of Police Accountability, Illinois Attorney General candidate Sharon Fairley... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 at 5:57 PM

Signs Pop Up as McCarthy Mulls Mayoral Run

The Chicago mayoral race is still over a year away, but momentum keeps building for a potential run by the city’s former police superintendent. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 at 5:17 PM

Fairley, Emanuel Butt Heads Over City's 2018 Funding of COPA

Fairley, Emanuel Butt Heads Over City's 2018 Funding of COPA

No sooner did the Chicago City Council approve the 2018 budget, all $8.6 billion of it, did Sharon Fairley, the former head of COPA, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability Office send out a press... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 at 12:20 AM

Cook County Commissioners Approve 2018 Budget

Cook County commissioners unanimously passed a controversial 2018 budget plan that calls for drastic cuts across the board in wake of the failed sweetened beverage tax. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 at 6:53 PM

Chicago Aldermen Approve City's 2018 Budget

Chicago aldermen on Wednesday voted 47-3 to pass a $8.2 billion budget that Mayor Rahm Emanuel said would bring more officers to city streets, more funding for after school programs and better rodent control. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 at 5:44 AM

Mazeski Gets Endorsement From EMILY's List

Mazeski Gets Endorsement From EMILY's List

With 10 candidates vying in the Democratic primary to face Congressman Peter Roskam, EMILY's List is endorsing Kelly Mazeski. Read »

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 at 9:11 PM

Cook County Public Guardian May Narrowly Avoid Layoffs

Cook County Public Guardian May Narrowly Avoid Layoffs

A last minute deal may save the Cook County Public Guardian Office from devastating cuts. Read »

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 at 8:31 PM

Murphy Endorses Villivalam For Senate

Murphy Endorses Villivalam For Senate

With four Democrats now formally filing to challenge state Sen. Ira Silverstein, the first to receive an endorsement from on of Silverstein's Senate colleagues is Ram Villivalam. Read »

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 at 7:36 PM

Hastert Scores Victory in One of Two Abuse-Related Lawsuits

Disgraced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert scored a victory in Kendall County Circuit Court Monday, as a judge threw out a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed Hastert sexually abused him when he was a... Read »

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 at 7:40 PM

Todd Stroger Announces Run for Cook County Board President

It appears, Cook County will see another Preckwinkle-Stroger showdown. Read »

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