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Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Illinois AG Sues Over Student Loan Scams

Illinois AG Sues Over Student Loan Scams

The lawsuits, filed in Cook and Champaign counties, alleged "deceptive practices" for charging up-front fees for phony services or for services that are already free. The companies' advertisements on radio,... Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Beating Rahm Will Take More Than Good Poll Numbers

Opinion: Beating Rahm Will Take More Than Good Poll Numbers

There’s no doubt Mr. Emanuel needs to find some kind of silver lining concerning his re-election chances today. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama heads home to her native Chicago next week for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

George W. Bush Undergoes Second Knee Surgery in Chicago

For the second time in as many months, President George W. Bush traveled to Chicago for knee surgery. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Poll Says Karen Lewis Could Be Strong Mayoral Contender

Looks like Mayor Rahm Emanuel may want to take Karen Lewis seriously. Read »

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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By Associated Press

Gov. Quinn Repeats Call for Assault-Weapons Ban

Gov. Quinn Repeats Call for Assault-Weapons Ban

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is once again calling for legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 4:36 PM
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By Associated Press

Funeral Held for Ex-US Sen. Alan Dixon

Funeral Held for Ex-US Sen. Alan Dixon

Former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon was laid to rest Monday after being eulogized by his son and former colleagues as a devoted public servant savvy about brokering deals and unwilling to compromise his principles, even... Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Quinn Mocks Rauner's $100,000 Parking Spot

Opinion: Quinn Mocks Rauner's $100,000 Parking Spot

WARNING: This news might make you spit out your coffee. According to the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed, Bruce Rauner paid $100,000 for one parking spot. We repeat: $100,000. For a parking spot. Just one. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

New Rauner Attack Ad Blasts Quinn's 'Broken Promises'

New Rauner Attack Ad Blasts Quinn's 'Broken Promises'

"When you hear Pat Quinn's false attacks, remember his broken promises," intones the woman narrator in Bruce Rauner's latest ad targeting Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. The 30-second TV spot, unleashed Friday, is... Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent -- 'Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring "Simpsons" character -- delivered an especially batty Twitter rant... 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 .