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  • Rahm Emanuel defends record on ethics in first term

     Rahm Emanuel defends record on ethics in first term
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday sought to make the case for his first-term record on ethics and pledged to put more information online about bidding for City Hall contracts if he's re-elected.
  • Medical marijuana applicants come with baggage

    Medical marijuana applicants come with baggage
    As Illinois prepares to authorize its first medical marijuana businesses, applicants seeking the potentially lucrative licenses include people with political connections and blemished backgrounds. A lobbyist for one applicant is the former chief of...

    Rauner complains about agencies' new bids for funds

    Rauner complains about agencies' new bids for funds
    SPRINGFIELD — Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner balked Tuesday at the size of requests from state agencies to boost the current budget, saying approval of their bids for up to $760 million would cause a bigger backlog in the state paying its bills....

    Mayoral candidates staking out positions

    Mayoral candidates staking out positions
    With 11 weeks to go until the city election, Chicago's mayoral hopefuls are elbowing each other out of the way to plant flags on issues like education and ethics, though the specifics have yet to catch up to the campaign rhetoric. First up was Ald. Bob...

    Saggy pants and lost liberties

    Saggy pants and lost liberties
    Eight times since 2011, Cook County Circuit Judge Gloria Chevere has thrown someone in jail for "sagging" in her courtroom. The defendants — charged with misdemeanors or violations of city ordinances — were handcuffed and hauled away...