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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 »

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 6:37 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

President, First Lady and Hillary to Stump for Quinn

President, First Lady and Hillary to Stump for Quinn

Some big name Democrats will be in Chicago in the next couple of weeks to help support Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign. Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Clinton to Campaign for Quinn in Illinois: Report

Clinton to Campaign for Quinn in Illinois: Report

Hillary Clinton is heading home to her native Illinois to campaign for Gov. Pat Quinn, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Quinn vs. Rauner: Guess Who's Recruited Gloria Steinem?

Opinion: Quinn vs. Rauner: Guess Who's Recruited Gloria Steinem?

When I heard that famed feminist Gloria Steinem is coming to town to campaign for Pat Quinn, my inner coffeeshop critic immediately wondered: What is she doing with him? Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn's Staffer Resigns Amid IDOT Controversy

Quinn's Staffer Resigns Amid IDOT Controversy

Gov. Pat Quinn's deputy chief of staff is stepping down amid controversy over allegedly improper patronage hiring inside the Illinois Department of Transportation. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent -- 'Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring "Simpsons" character -- delivered an especially batty Twitter rant... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

FLOTUS "Definitely" Not Entering Politics

FLOTUS

First Lady Michelle Obama is officially on the record regarding rumored political plans after she leaves the White House. Read »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 6:41 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Bill Clinton Lands in Chicago for Splashy Emanuel Fundraiser

Who wants to party with Bill Clinton? You and everyone else but none more so than Rahm Emanuel. The re-election-seeking Chicago mayor -- struggling to recover from an excruciating round of bad press -- is... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Rahm Lobs Softballs at Hillary in Chicago Interview

Opinion: Rahm Lobs Softballs at Hillary in Chicago Interview

Emanuel, who recently endorsed Clinton for president even though she has not yet announced her candidacy, failed to ask the one question everybody wants to know and the one question every Clinton interviewer... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley, BJ Lutz

Clinton Talks 'Hard Choices' at Ideas Week

Hard Choices may be, for now, the title of her book. But it is without much doubt the future slogan of what is likely to be a future campaign. 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 .