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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Illinois Launches Health Insurance Marketplace

Illinois Launches Health Insurance Marketplace

Illinois residents were getting their first opportunity Tuesday to comparison shop for health insurance on a new marketplace that state officials hope will help an estimated 1.8 uninsured Illinoisans get... Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Arie Friedman

Arie Friedman

Republican Candidate for the 29th Legislative District. Read »

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 7:49 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Moves To Enact Health Provisions

Illinois Moves To Enact Health Provisions

Gov. Pat Quinn calls Supreme Court decision "a great victory day for health care in our state and in our country." U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said the ruling on Obama's Affordable Care Act will enable the country to... Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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Authors
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 .