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Court orders term limit filings by mid-August

The Chicago-based First District Appellate Court put the term limits question on the fast-track after the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear the issue. The appeals court ordered up a complete briefing schedule to be completed by mid-August.

CTU President Karen Lewis. | Alex Wroblewski~Sun-Times

Pre-election luau? Karen Lewis moves trip in case of mayoral run

With all the talk of a possible mayoral run Karen Lewis, we haven't seen much of her lately. That's because the Chicago Teachers Union President shifted her annual vacation in Hawaii to July. Why? 

Lieutenant Governor candidate Paul Vallas talks about gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's proposed budget Monday afternoon during a press conference at the Allegro Hotel. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Rauner, Quinn camps trade budget barbs

Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate blasted Republican rival Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal as “fundamentally dishonest” on Monday as Rauner fired back that government is so “inefficient” and “wasteful” under the Democrat that it must be completely restructured.

Progressive movement that thrived in NYC coming to Chicago

When it comes to New York City comparisons, Chicagoans defensively side with their own city. We love Chicago-style pizza, we’ll take our losing sports teams over the Yankees any day and our architecture is second to none, thank you very much. But if you’re really in love with Chicago politics, brace yourselves.

Bruce Rauner in Schaumburg on Thursday proposes jobs agenda.

Rauner: Freeze property taxes, cut income tax, create service tax

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner said he could find $600 million in new revenue by taxing select services in Illinois, but he also proposed freezing property tax rates and lowering the state income tax by 2 percentage points over four years. Rauner also said he wants to force all local governments to hold  a referendum every time they want to raise property taxes.

Scene from commercial attacking Bruce Rauner. Paid for by Illinois Freedom PAC, a coalition of union groups.

IL governor's race means attack ads on both sides — in July

In Illinois' gubernatorial contest, the season of attack ads has started early.

On Wednesday, a new TV ad targeting Bruce Rauner talks about the Republican candidate's wealth and his past stances on taxes.

Chris Christie is to land in Chicago next week to head a $500-a-person fund-raiser for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

Chris Christie booked to headline Rauner fundraiser in Chicago

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be in Chicago next week to stump for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

Posing for picture are Cook County Clerk David Orr, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and Governor Pat Quinn at an Equality Illinois event at JW Marriott Chicago. | Sun-Times File Photo

Did hot mic pick up Topinka clout request?

So did Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka really appear with Gov. Pat Quinn at a bill signing then ask the governor to help her son get a job? Topinka and Quinn stood side by side following a July 7 bill signing in Washington, Illinois. When the event was over, Topinka whispered into Quinn's ear. Her microphone, however, was still hot and picked up the conversation. 

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle explains why she will not be running for mayor of the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Karen Lewis: Preckwinkle decision 'changes the playing field'

Karen Lewis says Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s decision to rule out a run for mayor “changes the playing field.” But the outspoken teachers union president was not yet ready to suit up and join the game herself.  “It certainly is a huge change,” Lewis said on Tuesday in a phone interview. However, Lewis said Preckwinkle’s decision would not influence her own game plan.