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Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Obama Endorses Emanuel in Forthcoming Radio Ad

Obama Endorses Emanuel in Forthcoming Radio Ad

President Obama has endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a radio advertisement that is set to air beginning Monday. Read »

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 6:42 PM

Willie Wilson Debuts New Radio Ad

Advertising is about getting someone’s attention, and that’s certainly what mayoral candidate Willie Wilson’s new radio ad does. Read »

Friday, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Quinn Leaves Office Without Penning Final Statement

Quinn Leaves Office Without Penning Final Statement

Former Gov. Pat Quinn left office in a tumult: dozens of clemencies, laws and executive orders signed. But he didn't bother with a final State of the State address. Read »

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Rauner Picks Former Hawaii Governor as COO

Rauner Picks Former Hawaii Governor as COO

Gov. Bruce Rauner is tapping former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle to serve in his administration. Read »

Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 3:02 PM

United Working Families Backs Garcia For Mayor

United Working Families Backs Garcia For Mayor

A Chicago group that's adopted strategies of the national organization which helped Bill de Blasio become mayor of New York City has put its muscle behind an effort to oust Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 5:46 PM

Rauner's Motorcade Hit in Crash: State Police

Governor Bruce Rauner’s motorcade was involved in a four-vehicle crash in downtown Chicago Wednesday, according to Illinois State Police. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Illinois First Lady to Focus on Children, Executive Mansion

Illinois First Lady to Focus on Children, Executive Mansion

Diana Rauner is gearing up as first lady, hiring a prominent Springfield political aide as chief of staff and contemplating initiatives that could include children's advocacy and restoring the capital city's... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 11:54 AM
Daily Dish Politics Fix

Daily Dish Politics Fix

Mary Ann Ahern reports on what to expect from Chicago politics Wednesday, including a City Council ordinance for Obama Library space. Watch »

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 at 7:39 AM

Ordinance Would OK Park Land for Obama Library

The ordinance will restrict the library building to about five acres, with remaining acreage maintained as park land. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Rahm Delivers Public Safety Address

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday promised to hire more police officers and announced plans to begin a pilot program where some officers will wear body cameras as he detailed his plans to fight crime. 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 .