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Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Last week we analyzed the demographics of those following Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner on Twitter. The results were fascinating. This Wednesday, we turn our attention from... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Quinn Declares JRW Championship Day

Quinn Declares JRW Championship Day

Gov. Pat Quinn declared Wednesday Jackie Robinson West Championship Day at the JRW Parade rally. Watch »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:53 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Vetoes 70 mph Speed Limit Increase

Quinn Vetoes 70 mph Speed Limit Increase

Bill would have increased speed limit in highways in urban areas. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chris Christie's 5 Biggest "Quinn-sults"

If you don't have anything nice to say about Gov. Pat Quinn, well then sit next to Chris Christie! The mouthy New Jersey governor, Republican Governors Association Chairman and obsessed Springsteen fan returned... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

Bruce Rauner has loads of support in suburban and downstate Illinois, but can he trounce Pat Quinn in Chicago? Not a chance. But he's going to try. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 6:54 PM
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By Staff Report

Rod Blagojevich Sends Wife Anniversary Letter From Prison

In what might be the highest level of communication the public has seen from him, Rod Blagojevich sent his wife, Patti, a letter this week from prison for the couple's 24th wedding anniversary. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chris Christie Doesn't Like Democracy

Opinion: Chris Christie Doesn't Like Democracy

Maybe the next time Christie comes to town, he can check with the candidate he’s supporting to make sure they've got their stories straight on whether basic democracy is a good idea or not. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Daily Dish: Tuesday's Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Tuesday's Political Headlines

8/26/14: Today is the first day for politicians to begin circulating petitions for Chicago elections, including mayor and alderman. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 10:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Daley Scion Patrick Thompson: The Next 11th Ward Alderman?

The Daley Kingdom is annointing a new prince. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Patrick Thompson—nephew of ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley and grandson of the famed Richard J. Daley—is eyeing a position on City... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Joe Biden and Chris Christie, two regular-guy politicians with big mouths and even bigger Oval Office dreams, descended upon Chicago Monday to raise money for the hotly contested Illinois governor race on... 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 .