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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
2 hours ago
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By Erin Carlson

Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library

Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library

As President Barack Obama's foundation reviews locations for his library and museum -- Chicago is the unofficial frontrunner -- voters in his adopted hometown are divided over whether to use taxpayer dollars to... Read »

4 hours ago
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By Erin Carlson

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November. Read »

4 hours ago
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chicago Looks Ready For Its ‘Progressive Moment’

Opinion: Chicago Looks Ready For Its ‘Progressive Moment’

What’s clear is that as far as progressives go in Chicago, the opportunity for a historic moment is upon them. Read »

5 hours ago
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By Kerry Lester, Associated Press

Appeals Court Rules Against Term Limits on the Ballot

Appeals Court Rules Against Term Limits on the Ballot

Rauner's group insists the measure would be overwhelmingly approved by voters. It would limit legislators to eight years in office, increase the size of the Illinois House, reduce the size of the Senate and make... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm to Ed Kelly: Don't Feel Sorry for Me

Rahm to Ed Kelly: Don't Feel Sorry for Me

Memo to Ed Kelly: Rahm Emanuel doesn't want your pity. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Agrees to Only 3 Debates

Rauner Agrees to Only 3 Debates

Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign released a list Wednesday of eight debates and forums ahead of Nov. 4. That list includes a joint live-streamed Sept. 9 Chicago Tribune endorsement session and an Aug. 28... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Staff Report
      

Karen Lewis' Mayoral Committee Files With Board of Elections

Karen Lewis is one step closer to entering the race for Chicago mayor. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber

The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber

As Uber plows into the taxi industry in Illinois, its eye on dominating Chicago, the fast-growing ride-share start-up has recruited David Plouffe to handle the messy political side of things. President Barack... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Aldermen Deserve Kudos for Admitting Mistakes

Opinion: Aldermen Deserve Kudos for Admitting Mistakes

For a politician, coming right out and saying you're sorry for past mistakes is never easy. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Who Wins Twitter: Quinn vs. Rauner

Who Wins Twitter: Quinn vs. Rauner

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner are each using Twitter to get out the vote. Curious about their followers' demographics, Ward Room asked StatSocial -- a company that... 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.
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