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Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool'

Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool'

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is rejecting a proposal from clout-busting attorney Michael Shakman to hire an independent watchdog to clean up allegedly improper hiring practices inside the scandal-soaked Department of... Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

South Chicago suburbs Park Forest and Chicago Heights have renamed two area schools in tribute to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 4:53 PM
Daily Dish: Monday's Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Monday's Political Headlines

9/15/14: The Illinois governor's race is heating up with both candidates trying to poke holes in the other's campaign. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama Library's Short List

Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama Library's Short List

Chicago, New York and Honolulu are on the short list to host President Barack Obama's future presidential library. Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Despite Dismal Approval Ratings, Quinn Surges Past the Untested Rauner: Poll

Despite Dismal Approval Ratings, Quinn Surges Past the Untested Rauner: Poll

In the Illinois governors' race, it seems voters would rather go with the one they know over the one untested. Gov. Pat Quinn takes the lead in a revealing new survey from the Chicago Tribune that shows the... Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin Leads Oberweis 55-32 In New Tribune Poll

Durbin Leads Oberweis 55-32 In New Tribune Poll

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is in a good position to win a fourth term serving Illinois this November, despite possibilities that Republicans will take hold of the Senate and weeks of negative attacks by opponent Jim... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 5:34 AM

Fallon on the Hook to Host 'Tonight Show' in Chicago

"It’s time to pick a venue, Jimmy!" mayor says in statement announcing he'd won wager. Read »

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Fioretti Wants to 'Bring the City Together'

Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti announced Saturday that he will run for mayor, marking the first major challenger to face Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February election. Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Mark Kirk Name-Drops Michelle Obama as Potential 2016 Challenger

Mark Kirk Name-Drops Michelle Obama as Potential 2016 Challenger

Mark Kirk knows Michelle Obama's not interested in his job, right? This summer the First Lady debunked rumors that she was running for public office in her native Illinois, but Kirk—the Republican junior senator... Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm's 'Deathly Vampire Stare' Photographed on the Brown Line

If you spy Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the Brown line, and you take a surreptitious photo on your smartphone, warning: The flash may go off. 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 .