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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks at the AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers summit on Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C. | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

If Labor stayed home, then members reaped what they sowed

The head of a prominent labor union last week calculated that a good percentage of the pro-labor vote stayed home Nov. 4. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, blamed the candidates, saying Democrats failed to go beyond broad messages like raising the minimum wage.

Tom Cross (left) has conceded to Mike Frerichs in the Illinois treasurer's race.

Tom Cross concedes in treasurer's race, giving Frerichs win

More than two weeks after the Nov. 4 election, state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, claimed victory in the Illinois Treasurer's race after Republican Tom Cross conceded.

Pushes for Uber veto override vote begins in Chicago

Proponents of legislation that places stricter regulations on ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft made their case on Tuesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of the measure when lawmakers convene in Springfield.

In this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 photo provided by Lauren Scott, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands with some of the many voters waiting to cast their ballots at one of Chicago’s same-day registration polling locations after the 7 p.m. closing time for the polls. Illinois’ experiment with allowing people to register to vote on Election Day and cast ballots at the same time ran into bottlenecks in Chicago, leading to lines of hundreds at a handful of designated sites, including this one where the last voter didn’t cast a ballot until 3 a.m. Wednesday. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Lauren Scott)

Let the next campaign begin: First filings for mayor, aldermen

The first day of candidate filings had incumbents and newcomers lined up early to get in their petitions for the February municipal elections. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has filed, along with two others for the office, as well as the former chief of staff to convicted ex-Ald. Sandi Jackson. 

Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner speaks to the media after a Veterans Day commemoration ceremony at Soldier Field last week. | M. Spencer Green/AP

Bruce Rauner in Springfield this week; talked to 50 lawmakers

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is to arrive in Springfield in time for Thursday morning's session. Since winning the Nov. 4 election, Rauner has spoken to more than 50 lawmakers, his staff says.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia could be within striking distance of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a new poll shows. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

CTU Poll: 'Chuy,' Fioretti will force Rahm into runoff

A new survey commissioned by the Chicago Teachers Union says Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be hard-pressed to avoid a runoff election after the February primary.

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner celebrates on election night in Chicago. His campaign manager, Chip Englander, credited their win in part to "a ground game that nobody saw coming.” | AP Photo

Rauner camp credits data, discipline; critics say tactics not new

Polls projected a razor-thin margin, but Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's victory was anything but. He won by 5 full percentage points statewide, swept every county but Cook and his numbers there were greater than those posted by Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., in 2010. 

Illinois House GOP Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs: "I don’t think we will see a vote on the minimum wage during the veto session." | Sun-Times Media

Voters did their jobs. Will lawmakers do theirs?

The people of Illinois endured a brutal campaign season, filled again with promise after promise. This was the question they were asked to address: “Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?” The people said yes. So now lawmakers, what’s your answer?

On deck in Springfield: an Uber debate

Get ready for an Uber debate in Springfield next week.

State lawmakers are gearing up in an attempt to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto on legislation that would have imposed statewide regulations on ridesharing firms Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin said in Early & Often's weekly politics show “Off Message."