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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner, Part Steelers Owner, Won't Weigh in on Abuse Scandals

Rauner, however, wants no part of the domestic abuse mess currently bedeviling the National Football League, and he declined to take questions on the topic. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Mayor to Propose Special Sign District Along River

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to prevent another controversy like the one that brewed over the lighted sign placed on the sign of the Trump International Hotel & Tower. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner Objects to Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill

Republican gubernatorial candidate says he wouldn't have signed bill, believes process is corrupt. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rauner Bars College Journalists from Presser

Rauner Bars College Journalists from Presser

"When I asked about future events, she said that it was their 'policy' that only credentialed press would be allowed in," Lawrence told Korecki. "When I mentioned that some of the students were published in the... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 3:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Dick Durbin Seeks to Avoid Eric Cantor's Shocking Fate

Dick Durbin Seeks to Avoid Eric Cantor's Shocking Fate

Despite a positive outlook, Illinois' Dick Durbin—the second most powerful Democrat in the U.S. Senate—is not resting on his laurels in an election-season battle against Republican challenger Jim Oberweis.... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Chicago Will Win the Obama Library

Why Chicago Will Win the Obama Library

As we prophesied, Chicago stands atop President Barack Obama's shortlist as a location to host his highly coveted library and museum. The president's foundation, whittling down the field of contenders to... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Mayor Announces New Help For Homeless Veterans

Mayor Announces New Help For Homeless Veterans

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to end homelessness in Chicago, and he's focusing first on providing help to military veterans who need it. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool'

Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool'

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is rejecting a proposal from clout-busting attorney Michael Shakman to hire an independent watchdog to clean up allegedly improper hiring practices inside the scandal-soaked Department of... Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

South Chicago suburbs Park Forest and Chicago Heights have renamed two area schools in tribute to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 4:53 PM
Daily Dish: Monday's Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Monday's Political Headlines

9/15/14: The Illinois governor's race is heating up with both candidates trying to poke holes in the other's campaign. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .