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Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown joins the race for mayor. A federal appeals court says the federal government may not withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities. And the U.S. Supreme Court denies an appeal from Rod Blagojevich.

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State Sen. Sam McCann enters the race for Illinois governor as a Conservative Party candidate.

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Chicago won’t have to give up its “sanctuary city” policies in order to receive federal grant money, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

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Toronto airport express train (Canadian Pacific / Flickr)

Why some experts caution that a proposed express train between the Loop and O’Hare could fly off the tracks, financially.

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The ranks of challengers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel are swelling. The educator and entrepreneur tells us what’s fueling his run for office.

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With billions in unfunded pension liabilities, what options remain for lawmakers to defuse the state’s pension time bomb?

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The mayor outlines major projects to expand recreation along the Chicago River. Why some aldermen say it’s not enough.

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Northwestern University hosts an Oxford-style debate on net neutrality this week. What are the pros and cons?

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After massive layoffs in Harvey because of its underfunded pensions, a look at which other municipalities could be in similar trouble.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced it will not be taking up former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of his 14-year prison sentence.

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A bill that supporters say would make fracking operations in Illinois more transparent cleared its first legislative hurdle last week.

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Sen. Dick Durbin grills Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Chicago homicides are in decline. South suburban Harvey goes belly-up. And Cubs bats come to life despite injury to star slugger Anthony Rizzo.

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Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson tells us about a big new cash gift to fight crime, discusses police oversight and more.

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Congress makes another attempt at passing a balanced budget amendment as a new report shows the federal deficit skyrocketing.

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Supporters have tried to resurrect the ERA for years, but the movement gained steam Wednesday, passing the Illinois Senate by a vote of 42 to 12 – more than 35 years past its deadline.

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Two Illinois politicians grabbed national headlines as they grilled Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his testimonies before Senate and House committees this week.

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