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Mayor Rahm Emanuel at City Hall


What You Need To Know About Emanuel’s Final Budget Plan

Mayor Emanuel will deliver his final budget plan to City Hall on Wednesday. Here are four things you can expect.
Daizy Edwards, Dakota Bright's mom, stands on the Park Manor block where her son was fatally shot in 2012.


Chicago Police Board Often Sides With Officers

The appointed Chicago Police Board often takes a light touch with police discipline.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner (left, before the final gubernatorial debate in 2014) and his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker (right, before a Democratic primary debate in March 2018).


8-Figure Incomes The Norm In Illinois Gov’s Race

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker release their tax returns, and 2017 was a very good year for both of them.
Police officers, teachers, caregivers and other rank-and-file public servants join Illinois AFL-CIO members to protest the state's pension situation at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield on Oct. 26, 2011.

Morning Shift

Fixing Illinois’ Pension Crisis

What will it take to get the state’s financial house in order? A look at how the top candidates for governor want to fix the pension crisis.
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Curious City

Why Doesn’t Chicago Have More Co-Op Grocery Stores?

We learn that, despite the current paucity of food co-ops, the city actually has a strong food co-op history — and there may be more on t...
Voters cast their ballots for Illinois' primary at an early voting polling place in Chicago on Jan. 27, 2010.


Cook County Judicial Voting Guide

Judges affect prison time, contracts, and divorce. Injustice Watch gives you information to decide which should stay or go.
AG police reform


Why The Next Illinois Attorney General Could Shape Chicago Police Reform

The state’s next top lawyer will “retain a role in the implementation” of CPD reform."
Amara Enyia speaks during a press conference in which Chicago-born, Grammy-award winning artist Chance the Rapper (left) endorses her for Chicago mayor.


Chance The Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia For Chicago Mayor

The Grammy-award winning artist left many to speculate his own bid for the job.
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On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

9 Races In 18 Minutes: Your November Election Audio Cheat Sheet

What you need to know about some of Illinois’ most important races in the 2018 election, all in the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee.

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