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17 Things Jackson Jr., Wife Sandi Bought With Campaign Cash

Posted 02.21.2013 | Chicago

Now that federal charges have been filed and guilty pleas given in the case of ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife Sandi's collusion to ille...

Rumor Mill Still Churning That Rahm's Eyeing The 2016 Presidency

Posted 02.15.2013 | Chicago

If some reports are to be believed, Rahm Emanuel's reign in Chicago could be shorter than expected. A Feb. 14 Daily Beast column got the political...

Can't Pat Quinn Get Any Respect?

James Warren | Posted 02.13.2013 | Chicago
James Warren

Governor Pat Quinn is smart, well meaning, and as honest as Abe. Too bad he's become the Rodney Dangerfield of Illinois politics (and No. 70 on the Power 100 list).

Ex-Tea Party Rep Says He Can't Afford His Child Support Payments

Posted 02.12.2013 | Chicago

During his unsuccessful campaign to be reelected to Congress, outspoken former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh could never quite live down the label of "deadbeat ...

State of the 8th Congressional District

Tammy Duckworth | Posted 04.14.2013 | Chicago
Tammy Duckworth

The way forward must involve compromise. I know that you sent me to Washington to get results. That is why I voted to go without pay if we cannot pass a budget. If you didn't do your job you wouldn't get paid, and neither should Congress

Early Voting Begins In Race To Replace Jackson Jr. In Congress

Posted 02.11.2013 | Chicago

The race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. in Illinois' 2nd Congressional District heats up as early voting kicks off Monday. Voters...

Sandi Jackson's City Council Replacement Announced

Posted 02.11.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday named his pick for former Alderman Sandi Jackson's successor on Chicago's City Council. From an initi...

Report: Jackson Jr. Signs Plea Deal Including Possible Jail Time

Posted 02.09.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has reportedly signed a deal in recent days that includes his pleading guilty to misusing his camp...

Mike Quigley Goes 'Undercover' As Baking Assistant At Dinkel's

Posted 01.30.2013 | Chicago

Since 2009, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) has made it a point to regularly hit the streets of his Chicago-area district and go "undercover" at a loc...

City Extends Deadline For Hopeful Chicago Aldermen

Posted 01.26.2013 | Chicago

Fourty-two wannabe aldermen applied through Friday to replace former 7th Ward Ald. Sandi Jackson on Chicago's City Council. And though 5 p.m. Frida...

Who Wants To Be A Chicago Alderman?

Posted 01.22.2013 | Chicago

So you think you can be a Chicago alderman? Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, City Hall began accepting applications from those who hope to succeed forme...

Huge Donations Rack Up For Rahm's Re-Election War Chest

Posted 01.17.2013 | Chicago

If his campaign war chest is any indication, just two years into his first term as Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel is eyeing a second. Reports show...

Rahm Accepting Online Applications For Sandi Jackson's Successor

Posted 01.17.2013 | Chicago

One day after former Ald. Sandi Jackson's resignation from Chicago's City Council went into effect, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he would soon be...

Why Are Leaky Pipes Political Gold for Gov. Pat Quinn?

David Ormsby | Posted 03.19.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Leaky pipes can be a politician's best friend. Good government remains good politics. Gov. Quinn announced a loan to the city of Chicago to replace seven miles of aging, leaking, wheezing water pipeline with a "jobs, jobs, jobs" message.

Missed Opportunity to Ask Corporations to Come Clean on Taxes

George Goehl | Posted 03.11.2013 | Chicago
George Goehl

Will we continue to accept a subservient relationship with big corporations? Or will we restructure our relationship with corporations so instead of us serving them, they begin to serve us. The question is clear. The answer is up to us.

Candidates Line Up On Deadline Day In Race To Replace Jackson Jr.

Posted 01.07.2013 | Chicago

Updated story After weeks of speculation and rumors, the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress narrowed Monday. On the final day candida...

Report: Ald. Mell Stepping Down After 38 Years

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

Updated story One of the mainstays of the Chicago City Council is reportedly preparing to retire -- and is planning to appoint his daughter to fill...

Race To Replace Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets A Major Shakeup

Posted 12.28.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois state lawmaker considered by many to be a leading candidate in the crowded field to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress is expected to ...

Illinois Flirts With Its Own Sandy Hook

David Ormsby | Posted 02.27.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

When the governor proposes his FY 2014 budget in March, rather pushing another round of mental health funding cuts, Quinn needs to recommend more money for mental health care.

Dem Leaders To Endorse Candidate In Jackson Jr. Race

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2013 | Chicago

By James B. Kelleher CHICAGO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Democratic ward bosses from Chicago neighborhoods and suburban townships are expected...

350 O'Hare Janitors To Be Laid Off, Replaced With Non-Union Workers Friday

Posted 12.14.2012 | Chicago

About 350 O'Hare International Airport janitors are set to lose their jobs Friday as a new contract Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration controversiall...

County Employee Files For Bankruptcy, Doesn't Disclose $104K Salary

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Robert Herguth/BGA and Dane Placko/FOX 32 | Posted 12.13.2012 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the Better Government Association: Aide to Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown files for bankruptcy – but fai...

Senator Still Has Chance At Jackson's Seat Despite Weapons Charge

Posted 12.13.2012 | Chicago

Before briefly appearing in court on a felony weapons charge Wednesday, Illinois State Sen. Donne Trotter vowed to continue to push on in his bid to f...

Joe Walsh: Illinois 'Needs A Scott Walker' For Governor

Posted 12.10.2012 | Chicago

Defeated U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) on Saturday discussed his political future during what was said to be his final "town hall" meeting in front of ...

Sandi Jackson On Congressional Run: 'Never Say Never'

Posted 12.10.2012 | Chicago

Story by Mark Konkol, courtesy Chicago: CHICAGO — Will Ald. Sandi Jackson run for the very congressional seat that her husband, Jesse...