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This 30-Year-Old Community Organizer Thinks She Can Beat Rahm Emanuel

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel's approval rating has been declining for months, but people aren't exactly lining up around the block to run him out of...

Maybe This Is Why People Aren't Voting In Illinois Anymore

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

A new poll just might help explain why voter turnout was so abysmally low in the recent Illinois primary. According to data released Monday by Sout...

Candidate Who Blames Gay Rights For Tornadoes Nabs Big GOP Win

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics

A Republican candidate who believes that God dictates weather patterns and that tornadoes, autism and dementia are God's punishments for marriage equa...

Pat Quinn: The Most Women and Child Friendly Governor in the US

Terry Cosgrove | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Terry Cosgrove

With all due respect to the Governors of California and New York, Pat Quinn is the greatest champion of women and children of any sitting Governor. And Illinois voters should take note when voting in 2014.

CTU Moves Forcefully to Boost Will Guzzardi over Rep. Toni Berrios

David Ormsby | Posted 04.09.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

In the rematch between State Rep. Toni Berrios (D-Chicago) and ex-Huffington Post/Chicago Associate Editor Will Guzzardi, the Chicago Teachers Union i...

Speaker Madigan Pushes Massive Corporate Tax Breaks

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2014 | Chicago

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - With big Illinois state income tax increases set to partially expire in 2015, the Democrat...

Chicago Gun Ban Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Judge

Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

A federal judge has ruled that Chicago's ban on the sale of handguns is unconstitutional, Bloomberg reported Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Edmo...

Will Emanuel Dominick's Grocery Task Force Ring Up Sales?

David Ormsby | Posted 02.26.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The typical government task force often surfaces when solid policy solutions are politically radioactive or in short supply. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Chr...

Chicago Neighborhoods Fight For $1.7 Billion In Unused TIF Cash

Equal Voice News | Keith Griffith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO — On Nov. 13, outside of the Chicago City Council chambers, Amisha Patel was busy tying up loose ends. Patel, 38, is the executive direct...

2 Ex-Cons Running For Cook County Board

Posted 12.03.2013 | Chicago

If Chicago continues to be dogged by corruption and the "Crook County" reputation, it's probably because stuff like this keeps happening: Two ex-convi...

Prosecutors Respond To Blagojevich Appeal

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors are challenging the notion that the behavior that landed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's behind bars for corruption was run...

Chicago Reader Political Reporter Mick Dumke Returns to The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 12.30.2013 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Frequent Interview Show guest Mick Dumke stopped by the show, hosted by Mark Bazer, to talk about Chicago politicians, violence in the city and more f...

Jacksons Selling D.C. Home To Pay Restitution To Feds

Posted 10.26.2013 | Chicago

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is planning to sell his family's Washington, D.C. home in order to help foot the bill of the $750,000 in fines he o...

County Circuit Clerk's Office Promises Big Changes Amid Missing Records 'Crisis'

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Patrick McCraney/BGA and Dane Placko/FOX 32 | Posted 10.25.2013 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the ...

Rahm Proposes Several Tax Hikes To Battle City's Budget Deficit

Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday presented his 2014 city budget, a proposal that relies on lofty revenue projections from the newly-installed s...

Pension Ills Loom As Rahm Unveils New Budget Proposal

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

By David Greising and Karen Pierog CHICAGO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - When Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers Chicago's 2014 budget address on Wedne...

Labor Boosts Legislative Allies in Looming Illinois Pension Fight

David Ormsby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Everybody is working on Illinois pension reform. While the 10 lawmakers on the pension conference committee have been working to erect a sturdy pens...

New High Court Case Threatens a Citizens United Sequel on Steroids

David Ormsby | Posted 12.17.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A key federal campaign finance cap is going wobbly. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court held an oral argument in a new challenge to federal PAC spending...

Illinois Marriage Equality Political Fundraising Lags

David Ormsby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Has the fury fizzled? Leading up to a possible showdown on same sex marriage in Springfield next week, marriage equality advocates have raised a pi...

Group Says Masturbation to Be Taught Under New IL Sex Ed Law

David Ormsby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

An irony about the conservative Illinois Family Institute's promotion of family values is that virtually none of the group's e-mails could be shared a...

Rahm's Campaign Fund Runneth Over Well Ahead Of 2015 Election

Posted 10.11.2013 | Chicago

Though the 2015 mayoral election is still far off, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's war-chest is already overflowing, per a new Chicago Sun-Times report. ...

Lone Chicago GOP Lawmaker Draws Young Democratic Challenger

David Ormsby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Chicago Republican State Rep. Mike McAuliffe has drawn a general election opponent, though it remains to be seen if the upstart challenger will draw a...

Rep. Greg Harris Helps Fix Cook County's Obamacare Program

David Ormsby | Posted 12.01.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Cook County's early experiment with Obamacare through its waiver-based "CountyCare" Medicaid program has been faltering in the delivery of a key benef...

Rahm Hoping Chicago Forgets Everything in Time for 2015

Dave Stieber | Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Rahm is betting that the voters of Chicago will forget about the countless things he has done to continue to harm working class communities across the city. He is attempting to do a few "good" things just in time for his attempt at a 2015 reelection. Unfortunately for Rahm he doesn't realize that Chicago is a city of historians who don't forget.

Ex-County Commissioner Gets 6 Months In Prison For Tax Evasion

Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago

Ex-Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was sentenced Wednesday morning to serve six months in prison and pay tens of thousands of dollars in fees...