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Chicago Teachers Union, progressives form new Chicago coalition

Look out Chicago, a new political movement has arrived. United Working Families, a partnership between labor groups — including the Chicago Teachers Union — and a coalition of a dozen community groups is expected to announce its formal launch on Monday, executive director Kristen Crowell tells Early & Often.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan at a news conference earlier this month. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Rival's poll suggests Lisa Madigan re-election no cakewalk

Does Lisa Madigan have a race on her hands? A new poll looking at the contest for Illinois Attorney General shows the Democratic incumbent leading her Republican opponent Paul Schimpf by just 9 percentage points. The poll was paid for by Schimpf, a retired Marine and newcomer to Illinois politics. But the numbers suggest that Madigan’s overall popularity with voters may be starting to erode. 

Illinois state Treasurer Dan Rutherford (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Treasurer's clout-heavy intern program short on controls

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office exercised “inadequate controls” over a controversial summer internship program that cost taxpayers at least $328,000 in just t

Pat Quinn

Governor's TV ad race in search of a home run

They’ve already begun. The governor’s election isn’t until November, but turn on the TV any time of the day and you’ll see Republican gubernatorial contender Bruce Rauner blasting Gov. Pat Quinn in a “broken promises ad.” 

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the White House on Tuesday. At a Democratic National Committee fundraising event on Thursday in Chicago, she told donors: “You need to dig deep. And you need to get everyone you know out to vote this November. That’s no joke.” | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Michelle Obama to donors: Write 'biggest, fattest check' you can

First lady Michelle Obama was especially frank Thursday evening when addressing a crowd of some 150 Chicago donors about the best way to influence politics: “Write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.” Here to raise money for the national Democratic Party, the first lady also vowed to “do everything in our power to make sure" Gov. Pat Quinn "gets over the finish line."

Gov. Quinn press conference is halted after a teen attending the event collapsed. The boy was hospitalized and later released.

Teen collapses at Quinn event

A Chicago teenager has been released from the hospital after appearing to faint at a campaign event where the Illinois governor ended up kneeling over him and holding his hand before an ambulance arrived.

 

Chris Christie hits Chicago on Friday for four events -- including to stump with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

Chris Christi's Rauner stump to get cold Chicago greeting

When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie arrives in Chicago on Friday to campaign on Bruce Rauner's behalf, he'll have a band of protesters greeting him. 

Gov. Pat Quinn and Rev. Michael Pfleger led a weekly peace walk in the streets around Saint Sabina earlier this month. File Photo. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

Quinn opens up new Rauner attack — on assault weapons

Gov. Pat Quinn opened up a new line of attack against his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner -- focusing on Rauner's support for military-style "assault" weapons. Quinn is seizing on the issue now as Cook County approved a ballot measure asking voters whether the military-style weapons should be banned and about universal background checks.

 

Senger hits Foster in new digital ad

Illinois state Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville, has released a new digital ad hitting U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill. on taxes and jobs.