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Bruce Rauner Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Bruce Rauner Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Bruce Rauner jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon this weekend. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Commissioners Divided on Detainer Ordinance

Board members voted Wednesday to hold a hearing on proposed changes to the way the county deals with federal "detainers" on illegal immigrants held in the County Jail. Read »

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Preckwinkle Blasted for Ignoring ICE Laws

Preckwinkle Blasted for Ignoring ICE Laws

The Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has written Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, blasting the County’s decision to ignore immigration detainers at Cook County Jail, warning her that... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Call for Cooperation Between County, ICE Renewed

More than 100 criminal suspects have been released back into the community without notifications to immigration officials since Cook County Board voted last fall to defy federal orders. Read »

Thursday, Sep 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Toni to Feds: Pay for Immigration Arrests

Toni to Feds: Pay for Immigration Arrests

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle doesn't want to deal with the "unfunded mandate" of immigration detainers anymore. And she wants the feds to pay. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Mark Kirk Shows You How to be Passive-Aggressive While Remaining Relatively Unknown

Mark Kirk Shows You How to be Passive-Aggressive While Remaining Relatively Unknown
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Pundits says Giannoulias is sunk. What do they know of this Kirk guy? Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .