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Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 at 11:20 PM
Illinois Officials Make History on Capitol Hill

Illinois Officials Make History on Capitol Hill

In Washington: the swearing in of the 116th Congress. Thursday, the most diverse group of lawmakers in the nation's history took the oath of office. More than 100 women, including Muslims and Native Americans... Watch »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 at 10:51 PM

Mayoral Candidates React to Burke Attempted Extortion Charge

When Ald. Ed Burke’s offices were raided five weeks ago, one of the few mayoral candidates to speak critically of the powerful alderman was Lori Lightfoot. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 at 5:23 PM

Emanuel Wants Burke Out as Finance Committee Chair, Aide Says

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Ald. Ed Burke removed from his powerful post as chairman of the Chicago City Council's Finance Committee after the longtime alderman was charged with attempted extortion, a top... Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 at 4:01 PM

Burger King Near Laquan McDonald Shooting at Center of Burke Charge: Source

The Burger King near the scene of the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald is the unnamed company longtime Ald. Ed Burke has been charged with allegedly attempting to extort, two sources with knowledge of the... Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 at 2:02 PM

A Look Back at Ald. Burke's Political History

A Look Back at Ald. Burke's Political History

Ed Burke’s first vote on the floor of the Chicago City Council was to allow television cameras into the second-floor chamber to record city business. Since then few Chicago politicians have used the medium... Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 at 1:31 PM

Read the Criminal Complaint Filed Against Ald. Ed Burke

Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke has been charged weeks after federal agents conducted raids at his 14th Ward office and his finance committee suite on Nov. 29, and then again at City Hall on Dec. 13. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 at 1:26 PM

Past Federal Investigation Involved Ald. Ed Burke

Past Federal Investigation Involved Ald. Ed Burke

Ald. Ed Burke was charged Thursday with attempted extortion, but this isn't the first time the federal government has launched a City Hall investigation involving the powerful Chicago politician. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 at 1:15 PM

Political Supporters Sent Burke Cash After Federal Raid

Political Supporters Sent Burke Cash After Federal Raid

Over the course of his nearly half-century in public office, Chicago Ald. Ed Burke has shown to be a master fundraiser. At his current control is more than $12 million gathered in contributions to three... Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 at 11:13 PM

Powerful Alderman Ed Burke Charged With Attempted Extortion

Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke has been charged weeks after federal agents conducted raids at his 14th Ward office and his finance committee suite on Nov. 29, and then again at City Hall on Dec. 13. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 at 11:46 AM

2 More Candidates for Chicago Mayor Removed From Ballot

Two more candidates for Chicago mayor were removed from the ballot Wednesday, narrowing the field once again. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
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 was the President of the United States. But at heart, Barack Obama is a Chicago politician.
Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.
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