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With the filing period for petitions over, Natasha Korecki is joined by Mick Dumke, Ben Joravsky and Dan Mihalopoulos to talk about the mayoral race and some key aldermanic contests in the upcoming citywide elections on Feb. 24th, 2015.

Obama in Chicago: Focus on non-Hispanic illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON--When President Barack Obama comes to Chicago on Tuesday to bolster support for his immigration executive actions, his visit will specifically highlight non-Hispanic illegal immigrant populations --Irish, Polish, Asians, Ukrainians - who will benefit from new policies aimed at curbing deportations. 

Architectural rendering provided by the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art shows the design of the planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along Chicago's lakefront. (AP File Photo/Courtesy of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)

Force not with public on Lucas Museum

A funny thing happened on the way to a recent BGA Idea Forum entitled, “What’s the Force Behind the Lucas Museum?” “The Force” wasn’t with us. Even though the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is among the most elaborate projects Chicago’s ever entertained, no one from city government accepted our invitation to show up and discuss it. Nobody. No one. Zilch.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel watch as President Barack Obama gives a speech at Northwestern University on Oct. 2, 2014. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Quinn vs. Emanuel in mayoral race? It would be close, poll shows

While Gov. Pat Quinn lost the governor's race against Bruce Rauner, Quinn dominated in Chicago where he had more than a 50-point advantage against Rauner. And with support like that, what would happen if Quinn launched a mayoral bid? A new poll shows he'd be in a tight race with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Archbishop Blase Cupich share a laugh at breakfast at the Union League Club on Thursday. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times

Rahm hosts breakfast for Cupich

Newly-installed Archbishop Blase Cupich said Thursday morning at a breakfast hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that his modest living quarters at the rectory of Holy Name Cathedral are still a disorganized jumble of empty boxes, but he’s happy to call Chicago home.

President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on immigration Friday at a high school in Las Vegas. | Getty Images

Obama to give immigration speech Thursday; executive order Friday

UPDATED...WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will deliver a speech Thursday night to outline his executive order on immigration, the Sun-Times has learned, with the president signing the order Friday at a high school in Las Vegas. Obama released a video announcing his upcoming actions following the speech at 8 p.m. ET.

New rules are intended to protect the Chicago riverfront from cheesy signs, but the one on the Trump tower will remain. | File Photo

Council sign rules mean Trump name will loom large on river

After losing a clash of giant egos with Donald Trump, Mayor Rahm Emanuel convinces Chicago aldermen to turn the Chicago Riverfront into a “sign district” — with sharp limits on the size, placement and make-up of future signs. 

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. 

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