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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...

State Senator Facing Weapons Charge Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 06.24.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — An Illinois state senator accused of trying to board a Washington, D.C.-bound flight with a gun pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Wednes...

Daley Donating $540,000 In Campaign Funds To Charity

Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago

Richard M. Daley plans to donate more than $500,000 worth of leftover campaign funds to charity, a spokeswoman for the former Chicago mayor said Tuesd...

Joe Walsh: 'It's Time For Civil Disobedience' On Concealed Carry Law

Posted 04.16.2013 | Chicago

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, long a Tea Party favorite, is urging Illinoisans to "break the law" amid the state's current lack of a concealed carry law...

Stanley Moore Appointed To County Board Despite Ethics Fine

Posted 04.11.2013 | Chicago

Cook County's Democratic leaders have spoken, and their choice for the replacement of disgraced ex-county commissioner William Beavers is a candidate ...

Robin Kelly Sworn In To Replace Jackson Jr. In Congress

AP | Associated Press | Posted 06.11.2013 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly was sworn in Thursday as the newest member of the House, taking over the seat held for 17 ye...

Ex-Bear Loses Mayoral Bid, More Suburban Election Results

Posted 04.10.2013 | Chicago

Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly's win in the special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress was not the only contest Chicago-area vo...

Report: City Council Just As Compliant Under Rahm As Under Daleys

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 04.09.2013 | Chicago

The findings of a new report will come as a shock to exactly no one who follows politics in the Windy City: Under Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's City Council...

Voters Head To Polls In Special Election To Replace Jackson Jr.

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 06.08.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly, whose campaign received a $2 million boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, easily ...

Moving Trucks Spotted At Jackson Jr.'s Chicago Home

Posted 04.04.2013 | Chicago

Moving trucks seen hauling boxes out of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Chicago home on Wednesday raised questions concerning whether the ex-congressman, awaiting...

Todd Stroger Interested In County Board Comeback

Posted 03.23.2013 | Chicago

With a seat on the Cook County Board due to be vacated by a disgraced ex-ally of his, former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is reportedly ey...

Jury Finds William Beavers Guilty Of Tax Evasion

Posted 03.22.2013 | Chicago

The long-delayed trial for Cook County Commissioner William Beavers finally reached a conclusion Thursday after a jury found the 78-year-old guilty of...

Chicago's 'Rebel' Alderman Talks His Caucus & His Cause

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 03.20.2013 | Chicago

Does Chicago's City Council have a rebel on its hands? Currently, the council of 50 -- between its historian alderman, its "hipster" alderman, its ...

City Council Sprouts Dueling 'Progressive' Caucuses

Posted 03.14.2013 | Chicago

Mayor, Mayor, in City Hall, who's the most progressive caucus of them all? The caucus ruckus began Tuesday when nine aldermen broke from the pack ...

Chicago Dem's Tax Trial Gets Off To Dramatic Start

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.14.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A powerful Chicago politician fond of playing slot machines spent thousands of dollars from his campaign coffers at a casino and then ...

WATCH: Ex-Tea Party Congressman Says Americans Are 'Stupid,' 'Lazy'

Posted 03.12.2013 | Chicago

During a nearly two-hour talk Sunday, long-time Tea Party favorite former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh made, surprise!, an incendiary remark that Am...

Tax-Evasion Trial Beginning For 'Hog With The Big Nuts'

Posted 03.11.2013 | Chicago

The delayed tax-evasion trial of Cook County Commissioner William Beavers is set to get underway with jury selection Monday in Chicago. Beavers has...

Hundreds Rally Against Alderman In Salvation Army Flap

Posted 03.07.2013 | Chicago

Though the weather remained wet and cold following Tuesday's snowstorm, hundreds turned out Wednesday evening to protest Chicago Ald. James Cappleman...

Report: Tea Party Ex-Congressman Went And Got A Job

Posted 03.06.2013 | Chicago

Look who just went and got a job! Confirming previous rumors, fiery Tea Party favorite former Congressman Joe Walsh has signed on with conservative...

Ex-Con Is Robin Kelly's GOP Challenger For Jackson Jr.'s Old Seat

Posted 02.28.2013 | Chicago

While Robin Kelly might not be sweating the competition in the April 9 Illinois special election to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., her GOP ch...

Speaker Madigan Unveils Harsh Pension Proposals

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2013 | Chicago

By Joanne von Alroth SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Feb 27 (Reuters) - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan lit a fire under the ...

Jesse Jackson Jr. Memoir In The Works

Posted 02.27.2013 | Chicago

Jesse Jackson Jr. will soon add "memoirist" to the list of labels — like "disgraced congressman" and "former representative of Illinois' 2nd congres...

Dem Backed By Bloomberg Wins Primary In Race To Replace Jackson Jr.

Posted 02.26.2013 | Chicago

Updated story Robin Kelly handily won the Illinois 2nd Congressional District's primary election Tuesday to become the Democratic nominee in the ra...

Robin Kelly Wins Dem Primary In Race To Replace Jackson Jr.

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 04.28.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse ...

Halvorson Leads Latest Poll In Race To Replace Jackson Jr.

Posted 02.25.2013 | Chicago

As the crowded field of candidates for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Congress headed out for one last day of campaigning ahead of Tuesday's primary in I...