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Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan

Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan

Is Rahm Emanuel "Chicago" enough? Still spry at 90 years old, Ed Kelly -- the former Chicago Park District Superintendent -- answers in the negative, not holding back when asked about the embattled mayor during... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Park Grill Case Raises Questions About Daley's Health

Former Mayor Richard Daley won't have to testify in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to break the lease for a Millenium Park restaurant. But the facts surrounding his testimony, or lack of it, only heighten the... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Judge Lets Daley Off the Hook in Park Grill Case

Judge Lets Daley Off the Hook in Park Grill Case

A Cook County judge cut ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley a break on Wednesday, sparing him from having to testify in Chicago's lawsuit to against the owners of the Park Grill eatery at Millennium Park. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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By Staff Report
      

Daley's Medical Records to Stay Private in Park Grill Case

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's medical records will remain private in Chicago's lawsuit against the Park Grill owners. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Timothy Cullerton Retirement Ends Family's 38th Ward Dominance

Timothy Cullerton Retirement Ends Family's 38th Ward Dominance

It's the end of an era. After a reign stretching back decades, the Cullerton clan -- one of Chicago's oldest and most powerful political families -- has loosened its grip on the 38th Ward. On Wednesday, Ald.... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 4:01 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party

Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party

Once a venture capitalist, always a venture capitalist. Bruce Rauner, Illinois' Republican candidate for governor, received $853,450 in campaign donations from July 3-9 and invested another $750,000 into the... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Daley Wants Health Records Private in Park Grill Suit

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley wants only the judge in the Park Grill lawsuit to see his medical records. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Bruce Rauner says he regrets investing in a Chicago venture capital firm that did shady business with City Hall under the reign of Mayor Richard. M. Daley, the Sun-Times reports. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Report: Emanuel Could Get Stuck With Daley's $200 Million Bill

Report: Emanuel Could Get Stuck With Daley's $200 Million Bill

As if Chicago weren't up-to-here in debt, another financial headache has surfaced that could make things a whole lot worse: the Sun-Times reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel may soon have to deal with a $200 million... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Emanuel Gets PR Boost For Efforts to De-Clout City Hall

Opinion: Emanuel Gets PR Boost For Efforts to De-Clout City Hall

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel scored a big political win on Monday when a federal judge removed City Hall from close, court-mandated scrutiny of improper patronage hiring, a time-honored tradition during the Daley... Read »

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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 .