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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.
  • Welcome to Runoff City

    Welcome to Runoff City
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia will have plenty of company as they prep for an April 7 showdown. Roughly one-third of Chicago's wards are headed for City Council runoffs — more than the city saw in 2011. That magic number of...

    Latinos seek gains in Chicago City Council

     Latinos seek gains in Chicago City Council
    Latinos are poised to pick up at least two City Council seats in aldermanic elections, the reflection of a new ward map and rising population in Chicago. The last census showed the city's Latino population grew by about 25,000 between 2000 and 2010 as...

    Rauner takes aim at high prison population

    Rauner takes aim at high prison population
    Nothing but praise here for the executive order that Gov. Bruce Rauner issued Wednesday in which he set the goal of reducing the state's prison population by 25 percent within 10 years. Rauner's order establishes the Illinois State Commission on...

    Chicago issues ride-sharing licenses to Lyft, Sidecar

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced his administration had issued the first city licenses to two ride-sharing companies, as lawmakers in Springfield consider voting this week to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of a bill that would impose tougher...