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Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Phil Rogers
 

Prosecutors Fire Back at Blago Appeals Court Letter

Federal prosecutors fired back at Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys Friday, saying a recent court decision on campaign finance does not mean they have to prove that Blagojevich explicitly asked for something in return... Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rauner Releases Detailed Budget Plan

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released a full budget plan Thursday following months of criticism for the lack of a detailed plan. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Let's be clear: Chris Christie is up to something. Because every presidential hopeful who visits Chicago to stump for someone else has a self-serving ulterior motive: money, money and more money. The Windy City,... 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 »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

ATF Adding 7 Agents to Help Combat Chicago Violence

Seven additional agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives will be sent to Chicago to help combat the city’s violence. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Stopping short of an official endorsement, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush says encourages Karen Lewis to challenge Rahm Emanuel in Chicago's upcoming mayoral election. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Watch Out, Karen. The Knives Will be Long and Sharp.

Opinion: Watch Out, Karen. The Knives Will be Long and Sharp.

A Lewis campaign would be at the center of a number of political issues and dynamics currently running loose in this country. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library Foundation Unmasks Identities of Deep-Pocketed Donors

Obama Library Foundation Unmasks Identities of Deep-Pocketed Donors

Since launching earlier this year, the Barack Obama Foundation has raised as much as $1.75 million from deep-pocketed donors like Chicago investor Michael Sacks for the construction of a presidential library and... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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By Associated Press

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Stump for Rauner

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Stump for Rauner

Christie is expected to appear at a July 25 downtown Chicago fundraiser with Rauner and his lieutenant governor running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti. That's according to Rauner campaign emails sent to supporters on... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM
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By Phil Rogers
 

Blago Lawyers File Letter with Appeals Court

They argue, the Blagojevich jury was told to convict on a lower standard that he attempted to obtain a campaign contribution, only “knowing or believing that it would be given to him in return for taking some... 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 .