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Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Governor Candidates Spar Over Jobs

Quinn lauds new state job numbers, Rauner claims people have stopped looking for work. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

New CPS High School Will Not be Named After Obama

New CPS High School Will Not be Named After Obama

Officials scrap plans to name school after Obama due to "questions and concerns from the community." Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Dueling Quinn-Rauner Attack Ads Spew Venom on Moral Character

Out-campaigned on the income inequality issue, Bruce Rauner is pumping up a media campaign to redirect focus upon Illinois' most powerful Democrats and tying Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan and... Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Daily Dish: Today's Political Roundup

Daily Dish: Today's Political Roundup

9/18/14: Mary Ann Ahern gets you up to speed on the Republican governor's race. Bruce Rauner's courting veterans and Jeb Bush, while Pat Quinn is looking for a boost in unemployment numbers. Watch »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision'

Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision'

Still undecided on running for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is soliciting supporters on Twitter to help pad her campaign war chest with enough money to go up against Rahm Emanuel's... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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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 »

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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 .