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Things have shaken up like never before in our annual list of the most influential Chicagoans. Starting at the top. Read more
Despite efforts of reformers, Cook County government remains larded with patronage jobs jealously guarded by clout-wielding bureaucrats. Identifying the problem is easy. Fixing it has proved maddeningly difficult. Read more
The media-shy Yusef Jackson, third son of the famous reverend, takes a curious venture into publishing by pumping money into Radar, the on-again, off-again celebrity-driven magazine Read more
The most feared man in Chicago was once a shining figure of hope. But the road to jail is paved with good intentions. Read more