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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Mar 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Emanuel: Our Streets Don't Belong to Gangs

Mayor Rahm Emanuel pounded his fist on the podium. The gun violence from last weekend is unacceptable, he said. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM
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By Holly Pennebaker

Rahm, Quinn Announce New Olive-Harvey Facility

Rahm, Quinn Announce New Olive-Harvey Facility

Olive-Harvey College got some good news Tuesday from local leaders. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn announced the construction of the Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (TDL) Center at Olive-Harvey... Read »

Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Protesters Crash Chicago's 175th Birthday

Chicago celebrated its 175th birthday Sunday to the tune of protest rants. Mayor Rahm Emanuel ignored the group and moved to the next room for cake. Read »

Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Emanuel Announces Second Facebook Town Hall

Emanuel Announces Second Facebook Town Hall

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making good on his promise to host more virtual forums with his announcement to host a second live Facebook Town Hall meeting. Read »

Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 10:53 AM
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By Alise Blunk

Emanuel Wants Suburbs' Overdue Water Payments

Emanuel Wants Suburbs' Overdue Water Payments

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his plan would recover nearly $15 million from suburban municipalities by 2013. Read »

Saturday, Sep 17, 2011 at 9:40 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Where's Rahm? Who Cares?

Where's Rahm? Who Cares?
Getty Images

Rahm Emanuel bends the line between campaigning and governing with interactive photo feature. Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Daley Changed Chicago

How Daley Changed Chicago

Richard M. Daley took over a declining blue-collar city riven by racial conflict, and leaves a global city that's full of pleasures for the wealthy -- but has a smaller middle class. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .