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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:38 PM

Runoff Heats Up: Emanuel, Garcia Return to Campaign Trail

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and rival Jesus "Chuy" Garcia kicked off part two of the campaign early Wednesday morning, heading out to greet voters just hours after election results sparked an unprecedented runoff. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:55 AM
Carol Marin on What Runoff Means for Chicago

Carol Marin on What Runoff Means for Chicago

NBC Chicago Political Editor Carol Marin says the runoff will give Chicagoans another six weeks to dive into the issues. Watch »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 10:03 AM

How Emanuel Can Regain Momentum

How Emanuel Can Regain Momentum

After running a disciplined, strategic and well-funded campaign, the nation’s most powerful mayor is heading into a surprise runoff election. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:33 PM

19 Chicago Aldermanic Races Go to Runoff

With most of the votes tallied, it appeared Wednesday morning that aldermanic campaigns in 19 of Chicago's 50 wards will continue into April. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 10:31 PM
Runoff for Rahm: Mayor Falls Short of Winning Second Term Outright

Runoff for Rahm: Mayor Falls Short of Winning Second Term Outright

Rahm Emanuel failed to clinch another term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday, as he was forced into an unprecedented runoff election against challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. NBC Chicago's political reporter Mary Ann... Watch »

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 11:12 PM
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Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia: 'We're Going to Build a New Chicago'

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia said Tuesday that the "people have spoken" in forcing an April runoff election between him and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Watch »

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 10:59 PM
David Axelrod on Mayor Emanuel's Election Runoff

David Axelrod on Mayor Emanuel's Election Runoff

David Axelrod speaks on Chicago's Mayor Emanuel as he faces an election run-off. Watch »

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 10:57 PM
Willie Wilson Concedes:

Willie Wilson Concedes: 'We’ve Made a Difference on The City of Chicago'

Businessman Willie Wilson concedes in the 2015 mayoral election race. Watch »

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 10:38 PM
Rahm:

Rahm: "We Have Come A Long Way"

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks about being forced into a runoff. Watch »

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 10:54 PM
Wilson Campaign Says He Caused Runoff

Wilson Campaign Says He Caused Runoff

NBC Chicago’s Lauren Jiggetts reports from the campaign of Willie Wilson, the self-made businessman who spent $2 million of his own money trying to unseat Emanuel. Watch »

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Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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