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Will latest changes make sports betting bill — and casinos — a winning wager?

The fight to expand gambling in the state has seen its fair share of struggles, mainly because the bill in years past had covered too many complex issues with too many competing interests.

Under pressure, DCCC chief Bustos pulls out of fundraiser for Lipinski

Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., chair of the Democratic House political operation, withdraws from Lipinski funder after pushback from abortion-rights progressive Democrats.

Ald. Beale, don’t forget Ald. Hutchinson and that wheelchair

It’s the story of a Chicago alderman who crossed a popular mayor and paid dearly for it.

2020 Democrats’ ‘Medicare for All’ promises leap beyond model countries’ healthcare

While other countries do guarantee coverage for all, the benefits vary significantly.

Former Richard J. Daley critic defends Lightfoot for keeping aldermen ‘reasonably frightened’

"The aldermen need to be reasonably frightened of the mayor. They need to know that she’s not gonna put up with them getting off the reservation too often," Simpson said before Monday’s inauguration ceremony at Wintrust Arena.

Lightfoot makes aldermen squirm on day one

She started by using her inauguration speech to give the aldermen a visual demonstration that the public is on her side in her call for reform, employing the audience at the Wintrust Arena to help make them squirm.

Lightfoot’s Ohio hometown shows up to witness her historic swearing-in

Lori Lightfoot’s mother and family weren’t the only Massillonians to attend the inauguration — Massillon Ohio’s mayor and high school journalism students also witnessed the swearing-in.

New City Council sworn in: ‘We have to restore the trust’

Many of the newcomers, who campaigned on a platform of change, saw Lightfoot’s speech — and the promises she made — as the first step in a progressive agenda they hope will make the city work for all residents.

Mayor-elect Lightfoot at black women’s event: ‘Black folks, we need to step up.’

"If we don’t take care of our people and our neighborhoods, and our communities, how can we expect other people to do that?" Lightfoot told the crowd of women.

Judge denies challenger’s bid to stop Hairston swearing-in

Circuit Court Judge LaGuina Clay-Herron denied William Calloway’s motion for a temporary restraining order to stop 5th Ward Ald. Leslie Hairston from being sworn in Monday.

Elizabeth Warren unveils proposals to safeguard abortion rights

Her proposals come as Missouri joins Alabama, Georgia and other states in advancing laws that limit abortion access.

‘Mayor Pete’ tells Chicago crowd he’s not resting on early buzz: ‘This is a marathon’

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg took his message to Chicago, where he said he’d create a "new normal" for Democrats — painting himself as a Midwestern leader who helped to revive a dying city.

Woman arrested in Ald. Proco ‘Joe’ Moreno’s car says he asked her to be quiet until after election

Liliya Hrabar is now suing Moreno for defamation

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces 2020 run

In announcing his candidacy, de Blasio seeks to claim a role on the national stage that has eluded him as mayor of the biggest U.S. city.

Lightfoot says she’s filled out her City Council lineup but won’t disclose it

The mayor-elect plans to add several new committees to the existing roster of 16, paying for that expansion by slashing the Finance Committee budget.

Aldermen to be stripped of absolute power over licenses and permits, not zoning

Aldermen emerged somewhat relieved from closed-door briefings about the executive order Lightfoot plans to issue on inauguration day.

Game of Thrones Chicago style? — Lightfoot heading for battle royal with Council

It was a portentous day in the lead up to Monday’s swearing-in ceremonies for both Lightfoot and the new City Council.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announces bid for 2020 Democratic presidential race

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announces bid for 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Chicagoans to send ‘Memo to the Mayor’ via ‘On the Table’ conversations Tuesday

Groups will gather around the city Tuesday to create memos that make up a people-generated plan for Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot's first year in office.

Lightfoot says ‘no muscling of anybody’ to fund inauguration, transition

Lightfoot no apologies for a fundraising campaign she called "standard fare" and "consistent with my views around good government."

Tickets now available to Lightfoot inauguration; other event details released

Up to two free tickets can be requested at www.BetterTogetherChicago.com for the May 20 ceremony at Wintrust Arena.

Lightfoot schedules Tuesday briefings on her plan to end aldermanic prerogative

Ald. Anthony Beale warned that if a commissioner says "they’re not gonna listen to the aldermen ... they’re not gonna get my vote for confirmation."

After the election: being classy or being knuckle headed?

In Chicago politics, there are two ways to rapprochement. There’s the smart, classy way, and the knuckle-headed way.

Fact-check: Democrat blowing smoke with claim of decreased teen marijuana use

Cassidy sent us an email promising an aide would "share the studies out of Colorado," but nothing arrived as of our deadline.

Emanuel on faith, its influence on decision not to run: ‘I’m totally at peace’

The mayor talked about his faith after an iftar meal with local Muslims. He said his faith didn't play a role in the decision not to seek re-election.

Poll: Support for legal pot thinning

Illinois residents might not be all that high on legalizing recreational marijuana.

EDITORIAL: Just say no to Ald. Burnett’s stepson for a House seat

Ald. Walter Burnett sees nothing wrong with behind-the-scenes maneuvering to have his stepson appointed to a vacant Illinois House seat.

Democrats need not fear having a woman as their candidate in 2020

You can mine the data to show that voters are not "ready" for a woman president. The truth is probably closer to this: The right woman hasn't run yet.

Another chapter of ‘All in the Family’ — Burnett pushing stepson for House seat

Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) is pushing his stepson, Jawaharial "Omar" Williams, to replace Melissa Conyears-Ervin.

Springfield pension shocker! … Some ‘good news’

"This is good news arriving at a good time," Cullerton spokesman John Patterson said.

‘Black and brown’ leaders: ‘We can do more together than we can do apart’

"[The issues] are identical except black people are in Cook County Jail, and Latinos are in detention centers," state Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch said.

Ald. Cappleman officially secures third term after challenge withdrawn

After the dust settled, Cappleman won by just 25 votes — 7,079 to 7,054.