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  • Quinn couldn't get enough from Democratic base to hold off Rauner

     Quinn couldn't get enough from Democratic base to hold off Rauner
    In the toughest political fight of his life, Gov. Pat Quinn couldn't muster enough support from his all-important Democratic base in Chicago and Cook County even as Republican Bruce Rauner carved inroads into that territory.
  • Mayor's drug plan pitch greeted with skepticism

    Mayor's drug plan pitch greeted with skepticism
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday started to sell his idea of loosening Illinois drug laws for possession of illegal substances like marijuana, heroin and cocaine, but some of those he has to convince said they're skeptical because he'll want tougher gun laws...

    Alderman to kick off campaign against Emanuel

    Alderman to kick off campaign against Emanuel
    As he sat recently on a stage under bright lights waiting to do a television interview, Ald. Bob Fioretti tugged on his necktie, the knot neatly propped up by a tie bar under his collar. He adjusted his earpiece, and a producer asked him if he was ready....

    Brookins' chief of staff pleads not guilty to bribery

    Brookins' chief of staff pleads not guilty to bribery
    A former top aide to Ald. Howard Brookins pleaded not guilty today to federal bribery and extortion charges. Curtis V. Thompson Jr. was charged in March with accepting a $7,500 cash bribe from a undercover operative posing as a real estate developer...

    End discrimination in hiring Chicago firefighters

    End discrimination in hiring Chicago firefighters
    Ten years ago this summer, Chicago debated preferential treatment for some firefighters. In the wake of a killer fire at an office building owned by Cook County, a commission headed by former federal Appellate Judge Abner Mikva not only criticized several...