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Illinois may have a budget (for another few months anyway), but the two-year stalemate continues to put a drag on the state’s finances.

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The community organizer and entrepreneur is making history as the youngest candidate to run for mayor. A conversation with Ja’Mal Green.

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There’s a new candidate in the race for governor. A conversation with state Sen. Sam McCann.

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He first became head of the Democratic Party of Illinois in 1998. Despite his longevity, House Speaker Michael Madigan isn’t a beloved figure.

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While talk of building a new express train to O’Hare heats up, we explore a little-known line that already goes there.

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The Cook County circuit court clerk talks about her surprise run for mayor of Chicago.

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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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