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Jane Byrne, Chicago's First Female Mayor, Dead At 81

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

Chicago’s first and, to date, only female mayor Jane Byrne has died, according to reports. The Chicago Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed reported late F...

Bruce Rauner's Victory: A Break From the Recent Past in Illinois?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

In April of this year, Gallup released the results of a national survey in which Illinois was ranked as the state with the highest percentage of residents who believe it is the worst place to live in the United States. Infamy of this sort is not easily earned, but instead accrues over decades.

Joseph Erbentraut

Rahm Emanuel's Re-Election Chances Just Improved

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics

Despite the fact that his local approval ratings have been dismal for some time now, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's chances for reelection in 2015 just ...

Chicago Won't Have A Barack Obama High After All

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Chicago has dropped plans to name an already controversial new high school after President Barack Obama. The Chicago Board of Education decided th...

Rahm Emanuel's Money Might Not Be Enough To Save Him

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's (D) approval rating among voters has continued to dwindle in recent polling, critics hoping to capitalize on the ma...

Guzzardi Undecided Over Mayoral Endorsement

David Ormsby | Posted 10.27.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

State Rep-elect Will Guzzardi, who has quickly emerged as a progressive rock star for clobbering State Rep. Toni Berrios in the March Democratic prima...

No Money Needed to Defeat Rahm Emanuel

Tio Hardiman | Posted 10.07.2014 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

There will never be another time in history when a Mayor can be so easily defeated without money. Feeding into the media hype in regards to big money represents the wrong way of thinking.

Illinois State Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford pleaded guilty to misdemeanor tax fraud Monday at a federal court hearing in Chicago. The Chicago ...

Rahm Emanuel's Biggest Rival Won't Run For Chicago Mayor

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

A day after two polls indicated she would defeat Rahm Emanuel if an election were held now, an individual seen by many as the Chicago mayor's top obst...

Rahm Is In Even More Re-Election Trouble Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

Two new polls released over the weekend contained bad news for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he begins to ramp up the fundraising efforts for his re-e...

Illinois State Rep Convicted Of Bribery

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, June 10 (Reuters) - A federal jury on Tuesday found an Illinois state representative guilty of taking a $7...

Here's How Jesse Jackson Jr. Paying Restitution

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

In a move that would make Tywin Lannister proud, former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is hustling to pay his debts. Jackson is refinanci...

Luis Gutierrez Ethics Probe Will Continue

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee says it will not appoint a special panel to investigate allegations that Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez...

Joseph Erbentraut

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 05.10.2014 | 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...