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  • Record number of Chicago City Council runoffs as voters protest status quo

    Record number of Chicago City Council runoffs as voters protest status quo
    Voters sent a warning to more than 1 in 4 sitting aldermen this week, forcing them into one-on-one contests April 7 against challengers who are trying to create a wave of discontent with the status quo on the City Council.
  • Unions spend big in Chicago City Council races

     Unions spend big in Chicago City Council races
    Just as deep-pocketed business leaders are contributing cash to help Mayor Rahm Emanuel maintain a City Council that backs his agenda, major unions are doling out dollars to try to reshape a council more to their liking. Unions funded by rank-and-file...

    Emanuel has spent nearly $7 million on TV ads in mayor's race

    Emanuel has spent nearly $7 million on TV ads in mayor's race
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has spent nearly $7 million on TV ads, including a final one featuring an endorsement from President Barack Obama, while a pro-Emanuel group is running another $450,000 worth of spots attacking rival Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. Ahead of...

    Classic Chicago restaurant: Marie's Pizza & Liquors

    Classic Chicago restaurant: Marie's Pizza & Liquors
    In honor of National Pizza Day, we present an oldie but goody: A few years ago, the Mayfair restaurant Marie's Pizza & Liquors appeared on the popular WTTW review show "Check, Please." Two of that week's three citizen reviewers liked Marie's. The...

    Education group gets involved in aldermanic races

    Education group gets involved in aldermanic races
    Residents in two wards with hard-fought aldermanic races will begin getting mailers Monday from an education group that favors charter school expansion in Chicago and opposes many of the Chicago Teachers Union's positions. Democrats for Education...