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Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley

Former Chicago Police Commander Getting Out of Prison

If all goes as expected, Jon Burge, the former Chicago police commander whose name will forever be linked to police torture, will walk out of a North Carolina federal prison Thursday morning. He is expected... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Mayor Frustrated by FAA's Lack of Backup Plan

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said the Federal Aviation Administration's primary local job is to get the area's radar facility -- heavily damaged nearly a week ago by a saboteur -- up and running at... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rahm Hangs a ‘For Sale’ Sign on Chicago City Council

Opinion: Rahm Hangs a ‘For Sale’ Sign on Chicago City Council

How much money would it take to buy the Chicago City Council? Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 9:52 PM

CPS Grads Could Attend City Colleges for Free

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the scholarships will be covered by "reforms" and more efficient balancing of the budget at the City Colleges system. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Daily Dish: Obama Returns To Chicago

Daily Dish: Obama Returns To Chicago

10/1/14: President Obama arrives in Chicago on Wednesday. Mary Ann Ahern has the details. Watch »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 4:13 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn vs. Rauner: Rasmussen Gives Incumbent the Edge in Stark Turnaround

Quinn vs. Rauner: Rasmussen Gives Incumbent the Edge in Stark Turnaround

In a significant turnaround, the political pollster Rasmussen Reports has updated its projection for Illinois' governor election to give Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn the edge over Republican challenger... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Surprises Diners at River North Steakhouse

President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a closed-door fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn at a downtown hotel and a speech on the economy at Northwestern University. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Touts Quinn in New Radio Ad

Michelle Obama Touts Quinn in New Radio Ad

Michelle Obama is taking to the radio waves to stump for Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who's entrenched in a bitter re-election battle against Republican rival Bruce Rauner. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 4:04 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Oberweis Targets Democratic Voters in Senate Campaign

GOP candidate opens campaign office in Woodlawn neighborhood. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Private Equity Co-Worker Takes the Stand in Seedy Nursing Home Trial

Rauner Private Equity Co-Worker Takes the Stand in Seedy Nursing Home Trial

New testimony in the Florida federal bankruptcy case involving Bruce Rauner's former private equity firm presents GTCR as having no knowledge of its 2006 sale of a problem-filled nursing home chain to an an... Read »

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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 .