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Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 3:15 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Second City Spoofs Quinn-Rauner Race With Rival Political Ads

Second City Spoofs Quinn-Rauner Race With Rival Political Ads

Anyone who felt mildly annoyed at the "me time"-interrupting barrage of gloomy political attack ads that aired during Sunday's otherwise perfect installment of The Good Wife is going to appreciate these new... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Mayor Emanuel Meets Archbishop-Designate Cupich

Chicago's Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have already met, by phone. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM
Gov. Candidates Spar Over Nursing Home Case

Gov. Candidates Spar Over Nursing Home Case

Candidates Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner sparred Tuesday over nursing homes once owned by a Rauner company and over whether it was Quinn's responsibility to keep an inmate in prison. Watch »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Nanci Koschman Appeals Court's Decision to Toss Lawsuit

A federal judge on Thursday threw out a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Nanci Koschman, the mother of 21-year-old David Koschman, who died from a single punch thrown by former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew,... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner's Nursing Home Drama Escalates Amid Federal Trial

Rauner's Nursing Home Drama Escalates Amid Federal Trial

Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner is keeping his lips zipped as a federal trial involving his former private equity firm and allegations of nursing home neglect launches in Florida. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Americans Want Religion to Play Bigger Role in Politics: Study

Americans Want Religion to Play Bigger Role in Politics: Study

A 72 percent majority of Americans say they think religion is losing clout and should have more influence in politics, according to a fascinating new Pew Research study on religion and public life. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM
Daily Dish: Tuesday's Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Tuesday's Political Headlines

9/23/14: The governor's race continues to heat up and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is talking about marijuana legislation. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has your Daily Dish. Watch »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Hey, Pundits – Stop Predicting Chicago’s Mayoral Race

Opinion: Hey, Pundits – Stop Predicting Chicago’s Mayoral Race

More than five months out from Election Day, a number of political operatives and media types are already working to craft a narrative that doesn't square with some basic facts. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bobby Rush: African-Americans Should Get '35 to 40 Percent' of CTA's 95th Street Construction Jobs

Bobby Rush: African-Americans Should Get '35 to 40 Percent' of CTA's 95th Street Construction Jobs

Illinois congressman Bobby Rush, a Democrat whose district encompasses a portion of Chicago's South Side, is giving the Chicago Transit Authority until Friday to make a decision on his request that... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Emanuel Wants to Decriminalize Marijuana Statewide

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly wants to decriminalize marijuana possession across the state, reducing the penalty to a misdemeanor for those caught with 1 gram or less. Read »

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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 .