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Rahm Emanuel Reverses Position On Policy That Would Affect Chicago-Based United Airlines

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO -- In a move that shows why Chicago's called "clout city," United Airlines may have used its political influence to strong-arm Chicago Mayor R...

Sources: Likely Candidate For Gov Used Clout To Help Kid

Posted 04.25.2013 | Chicago

Billionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner looks like he's already on his way to being a bona fide Illinois politician. Though he hasn't official...

Chicago Public Schools Investigated: Misspending, Use Of Clout Discovered

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An investigation has led to the discovery of lavish spending by two former presidents of the Chicago Board of Education, all while schools faced a se...

David Pickens Resigns After Arne Duncan CPS Clout List Surfaced

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Just days after he surfaced as the man who kept a secret clout-heavy list of school applicants for then-schools CEO Arne Duncan, David Pickens has res...

Chicago Towing: Clout-heavy Firm Wins Bid...Again

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Daley administration has awarded a $31.5 million towing contract to a clout-heavy company that's had a stranglehold on the business for the last 2...

Rod Blagojevich: Rahm Emanuel's Brother Wanted Ultimate Fighting Legal In Illinois

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Bizarre stories about former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich seem to be plentiful this month, and the Chicago Sun-Times' story today about the state...

Chicago Clout: City Workers Turn Anti-Daley Grievances Into Song

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A couple of city workers fed up with Mayor Daley and the rising cost of corruption have taken their anti-clout grievances to YouTube. The result is...

Clout Pays Off For Red Light Camera Company

Chicago Tribune | Bob Secter and Andrew Zajac | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Thanksgiving eve in 2005, a Metra express train plowed into five cars at the busy Grand Avenue crossing in west suburban Elmwood Park, leaving behi...

Alderman Burke Helped Clients Get City Zoning Changes For Business Deals

Chicago Sun-Times | CHRIS FUSCO, TIM NOVAK AND FRAN SPIELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ald. Edward M. Burke wrote a letter in his official capacity that helped a client of his law firm win City Council approval to develop a blighted stre...

Senator Meeks To Chicago Aldermen: 'Don't Come See Me, I Ain't Got No Money'

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Sen. James Meeks told visiting Chicago aldermen not to come see him while they were in Springfield Wednesday, saying to the Windy City lawmak...

Speaker Madigan Denies Influencing City Hiring

Chicago Sun-Times | JORDAN WILSON, TIM NOVAK and LISA DONOVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

There is no "Madigan Electric" listed in the Chicago phone book. But maybe that's what they should call the place you call if your city streetlight go...

Retiring White Aldermen Could Upend City Council Power Balance

Chicago Daily Observer | Russ Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

There is a correlation between color and clout in Chicago's 50-member city council. There are 23 white, 19 black, and eight Hispanic aldermen. But it'...

Charity That Employs Patti Blagojevich On Verge Of Bankruptcy After City Hall Deal

Chicago Sun-Times | Tim Novak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE Mayor Daley denied any impropriety in the Christian Industrial League building deal Thursday, blaming the charity's dire financial conditions ...

Water Department Official Under Investigation

Crain's Chicago Business | Robert Herguth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A high-ranking city of Chicago official with ties to the Daley family's 11th Ward Regular Democratic Organization is being investigated for allegedly ...

Wicker Park Hotel Battle: A Case Study In Clout

Chicago Reader | Ben Joravsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Who has more clout over zoning in the 32nd Ward: Alderman Scott Waguespack or zoning lawyer James Banks? Ordinarily the alderman would be the obvious ...

Got Clout?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Want to know who owes whom in Chicago politics? Connecting the dots just got a lot easier with the creation of CloutWiki, an interactive reference sit...