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Agent Ari Emanuel, left, and musician Justin Timberlake, center, are seen before Game 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks second-round NBA playoff basketball series in Los Angeles in 2011. (AP File Photo/Matt Sayles)

Rahm’s brother’s stake in ride-share firm raises uber questions

If lunch gets taxed, why not stock trades?

A Republican article of faith is that the rich must be allowed to earn, earn, earn with as little interference as possible, and by doing so we all somehow benefit — I guess by being hired to clean their pools.

They insist that even if they are asked to do a little bit more, they’ll just huff off to some tax haven in St. Kitts. And we tend to buy that. 

Attorney Michael Shakman talks to reporters in March 2007 in Chicago after a federal judge approved a preliminary settlement between the city of Chicago and plaintiffs who alleged the city violated a court-ordered ban on hiring based on political clout. M. Spencer Green/AP file photo

Shakman lawsuit seeks investigation of hiring under Gov. Quinn

A Chicago attorney asked a federal judge on Tuesday to order an investigation into hiring under Gov. Pat Quinn, saying there's an "embedded culture of patronage practices" in Illinois government and anyone who improperly got a job should be fired. Michael Shakman — known for bringing the decades-old court case that led to bans on politically based hiring in Chicago and Cook County — filed his motion in U.S. District Court in Chicago as part of that ongoing lawsuit.

Sen. Dick Durbin, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others talk to reporters the morning after the primary elections at Billy Goat's in Chicago on March 19, 2014. | Al Podgorski/Chicago Sun-Times

Quinn might be looking better to Rahm right about now

Maybe this will finally convince Mayor Rahm Emanuel that he’s better off with fellow Democrat Pat Quinn as governor. Emanuel’s loyalties in the governor’s race have been the subject of much speculation given his contentious relationship with Quinn and personal friendship with Republican Bruce Rauner, who helped the mayor get rich during his brief stint in private business. 

GOP nominee for governor, Bruce Rauner at an Illinois Business Immigration Coalition event designed to call on members of Illinois Congressional delegation to publicly support immigration reform and call it for a vote in the U.S. House. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Robo-calls raise Rauner-Rahm rift

Clearly perturbed by a round of Bruce Rauner robo-calls made to Chicago residents on Tuesday, Rahm Emanuel took out the political filet knife and stuck it right into the mayor’s old fishing buddy — using Rauner’s own words against him. Emanuel’s camp said Rauner’s move to call tens of thousands of Chicago property owners and tell them Gov. Pat Quinn should veto a bill that aims to stabilize the city’s pensions, amounted to someone who was “already acting like a career politician.” 

Clean Energy: A Very Chicago Enterprise

Earlier this month I attended the Clean Energy Trust’s Clean Energy Challenge, where teams of entrepreneurial students pitched a series of ideas that could set the world on a better path by using the free market to attack serious problems looming

Quinn, Axelrod, Ricketts on MSNBC "Morning Joe" at Wrigley Field

WASHINGTON--Mixing politics with baseball, MSNBC's "Morning Joe"  and "Way to Early" on Wednesday do live shows from Wrigley Field, taking a look at the Illinois political scene, with guests including Gov. Pat Quinn, Democratic strategist David Axelrod, Ernie "Mr. Cubs" Banks and in a triple play, Cubs owners Laura, Tom and Todd Ricketts. 

Jim Oberweis, the Republican nominee to oppose U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, joined other GOP leaders in Chicago on Tuesday to urge action on immigration reform. Oberweis says he regrets his "harsh tone" on immigration in the past. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Oberweis apologizes as GOP leaders urge action on immigration

A Who's Who of Illinois Republicans gathered Tuesday to promote immigration reform — including a former leading opponent to the movement who said he had changed. U.S. Senate hopeful Jim Oberweis told reporters after the event that a past ad he cut showing him in a heliicopter hovering over Soldier Field and talking about illegal immigrants was "a mistake."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President and Chief Operating Officer of Motorola Mobility Rick Osterloh attend the opening day event for Motorola Mobility headquarters at Chicago's Merchandise Mart Tuesday. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Motorola Mobility)

Rahm, in a switch, opens door to 2016 Democratic convention

WASHINGTON—Mayor Rahm Emanuel opened the door on Tuesday for the city to bid for the 2016 Democratic convention, a switch from February, when City Hall was not interested.

Why police recover more guns in Chicago than any other city

It’s not news that Chicago has a gun problem. But that doesn’t make it any more palatable for Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a firm believer in systems management and improved gun laws as he works to reduce crime in the city.