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Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Rahm Takes Credit for Minimum Wage Hike

Rahm Takes Credit for Minimum Wage Hike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's TV campaign ads show a trend. Rather than making promises, he's relying on Chicagoans to offer testimonials. Read »

Sunday, Dec 14, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Rahm's Former Rivals Split on Mayoral Endorsement

Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle, who both ran against Rahm in the 2011 mayoral election, are split on which candidate they will endorse in 2015. Read »

Friday, Dec 12, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Video Puts City Lawsuit Against Park Grill in Jeopardy

A videotape from a meeting 13 years ago has surfaced, complicating the case between the City of Chicago and Millennium Park's Park Grill restaurant even more. Read »

Friday, Dec 12, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Alderman Wants Park to Honor Hadiya Pendleton

Alderman Wants Park to Honor Hadiya Pendleton

Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) has her eyes on the Buckthorn Playlot and wants to redevelop it to honor the slain 15-year-old. Read »

Friday, Dec 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Madigan Squashes Request for Topinka Special Election

House Speaker Michael Madigan seemingly tossed Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner a bone on Thursday when he blocked his colleagues' efforts to speed up the process of replacing late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Read »

Friday, Dec 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Rauner Names Staffers to Incoming Administration

Rauner Names Staffers to Incoming Administration

Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner has appointed two new members of his incoming administration: Jason Barclay as general counsel and Kathy Lydon to lead his Washington office. Read »

Friday, Dec 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

AG Holder to Meet With Police, Public in Chicago

The meeting follows a similar meeting in Atlanta, where Holder said the Justice Department would soon release guidance aimed at ending racial profiling. Read »

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Madigan Nudges Supreme Court on Controversial Pension Case

Madigan Nudges Supreme Court on Controversial Pension Case

Eager to get a decision on a significant pension reform law, Attorney General Lisa Madigan successfully nudged Illinois Supreme Court to hurry things up and hold hearings sooner rather than later. Read »

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Former Hillary Finance Guru Applies for MediPot License

Former Hillary Finance Guru Applies for MediPot License

Hillary Clinton's former political finance director wants to break into Illinois' budding medical marijuana industry. Read »

Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Kirk Calls Democrats "Little Zombies"

Kirk Calls Democrats

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk publicly harangued Democrats involved with the headline-grabbing, devastatingly detailed CIA torture report on Wednesday, calling them "little zombies" out for Republican blood. 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 .