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Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Carothers’ Story Shows Almost Anything Can Be Forgiven in Chicago Politics

Carothers’ Story Shows Almost Anything Can Be Forgiven in Chicago Politics

In almost any other city, Carothers’ attempt to seek political office would be seen as an example of almost unbelievable hubris. Read »

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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By Associated Press

Jackson, Blagojevich Figure Pleads Guilty

Jackson, Blagojevich Figure Pleads Guilty

Raghuveer Nayak will plead guilty in a medical fraud case. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

First Batch of Jesse Jackson Jr. Stuff Goes to Auction

First Batch of Jesse Jackson Jr. Stuff Goes to Auction

The first batch of items Jesse Jackson Jr. turned over to help fulfill a forfeiture order from the United States District Court is officially up for auction. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Feds Auction First Batch of Jesse Jackson Jr. Furs, Memorabilia

The first 13 items Jesse Jackson Jr. turned over to help fulfill the... See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Feds Send Jesse Jackson Jr. Forfeiture Order

Feds Send Jesse Jackson Jr. Forfeiture Order

Imagine getting a bill for $750,000 from the federal government. Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. got one today, in the form of a forfeiture order from the United States District Court, stemming from the... Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Junior's Light Sentence Proves He's Not Very Important

Junior's Light Sentence Proves He's Not Very Important

To get a long corruption sentence in the Northern District of Illinois, you have to be a big fish -- like a governor. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Blago Brother Rips Jackson Sentence

Blago Brother Rips Jackson Sentence

The brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says there's a serious disparity in the sentence his brother received and the prison time lobbed against Jesse Jackson Jr. on Wednesday afternoon. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Jackson Hope For Leniency Rests With Judge

If Jesse Jackson Jr.'s federal sentencing judge accepts that his performance as a congressman outweighs his crime, she could give him probation for misusing $750,000 in campaign money. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM
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By Phil Rogers & Lisa Balde
      

Jesse Jackson Jr.: 'Today I Manned Up'

Jesse Jackson Jr. said he manned up Wednesday in court. After a judge sentenced him to 30 months in prison for misusing $750,000 of campaign money, Jackson gave a brief statement to a crush of reporters and... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Lisa Balde
      

Illinois Reacts To Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentence

Before Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday sentenced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to 30 months in prison for misusing campaign funds, she told him he violated the trust of the people of Chicago. 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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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 .