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Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Takes Out $21 Million to Pay For Daley's Dormant Olympic Site

Rahm Takes Out $21 Million to Pay For Daley's Dormant Olympic Site

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is borrowing $21 million-plus to pay for a dormant swath of land earmarked by former boss Richard M. Daley as extra space to host Olympics facilities, the Trib reports. Read »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Council Needs to Move on Reparations for Burge’s Torture Victims

Opinion: Council Needs to Move on Reparations for Burge’s Torture Victims

As former Chicago police commander Burge walks free, legislation calling for compensation for his victims continues to languish in Chicago’s City Council. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Surprises Diners at River North Steakhouse

President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a closed-door fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn at a downtown hotel and a speech on the economy at Northwestern University. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Mayor Race: Fioretti Accepts Responsibility for His Law Firms' Legal Trouble

Chicago Mayor Race: Fioretti Accepts Responsibility for His Law Firms' Legal Trouble

Chicago mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti is defending his track record of financial competence amid reports that the 2nd Ward alderman and his law firms have been the target of lawsuits over allegedly delinquent... Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak

Who's ready for a mud bath? Another week, another shameless display of political character assassination. Let's jump in! Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision'

Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision'

Still undecided on running for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is soliciting supporters on Twitter to help pad her campaign war chest with enough money to go up against Rahm Emanuel's... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner, Part Steelers Owner, Won't Weigh in on Abuse Scandals

Rauner, however, wants no part of the domestic abuse mess currently bedeviling the National Football League, and he declined to take questions on the topic. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rauner Bars College Journalists from Presser

Rauner Bars College Journalists from Presser

"When I asked about future events, she said that it was their 'policy' that only credentialed press would be allowed in," Lawrence told Korecki. "When I mentioned that some of the students were published in the... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 6:11 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel Proposes City Curfew Change

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants 17-year-olds to be included in the city’s curfew law. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat

Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat

Two of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's most vocal critics are incher closer to making a decision on whether to challenge him at the ballot box this February. 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 .