VIDEO: WGN’s Paul Lisnek talks economics, Obamacare and the mayoral runoff

By Andrew Fowler and Matt Yurus Medill’s Andrew Fowler and Matt Yurus bring you an in-depth conversation with WGN Political Analyst Paul Lisnek.  The TV and raido show host and author shares his perspective on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to close the budget gap and diminish union power, a Supreme Court case that could end the […]

Possible fraud an issue in Caesars’ bankruptcy filing in Chicago

Caesars Palace

UPDATED: This story has been updated to include new developments in the case. By Matt Yurus Why did dozens of creditors strive to head off Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s filing bankruptcy in Chicago for its largest subsidiary, Caesars Entertainment Operating Company Inc.? Essentially, they believed that Caesars Entertainment Corp. “robbed CEOC of its assets in order […]

Garcia and Emanuel ‘likely even’ heading into April 7 runoff

By Matt Yurus Ogden & Fry’s latest poll on Chicago’s mayoral race reported that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia are “likely even.” Dr. Dick Simpson, a political scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Garcia supporter, said that he is now a legitimate candidate, but the “critical element” to winning could […]

President to dedicate Pullman Park as Chicago’s first national monument

Pullman Historic District

By Matt Yurus President Barack Obama heads home Thursday to designate America’s next national monument: Chicago’s historic Pullman Park, a site that was home to unprecedented advances in industrialization and impacted African-American and labor history. In 1879, George Pullman, the man who gave America the luxurious Pullman railcar, built his factory and America’s first “company […]

Emanuel: Chicago needs a ‘21st century’ infrastructure

By Matt Yurus Campaigning before the City Club of Chicago’s guests and members, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that Chicago needs a “21st century foundation” to maintain a “21st century economy.” Emanuel’s speech, which was his fifth and final speech concerning his agenda for a second term, called for continued investment in Chicago’s infrastructure. More than $7 billion […]

Garcia to voters: My ‘priorities very different’ from Emanuel’s

By Matt Yurus Speaking before Karen Lewis and other city leaders at City Club of Chicago Tuesday, mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia reminded voters that his “priorities are very different from those of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.” Garcia argued that his plans for education, policing and financial reforms would bring steady improvements to Chicago. His tone […]