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Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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By Associated Press

Former Stroger Aide Gets 51 Months For Bribery

Former Stroger Aide Gets 51 Months For Bribery

A former Cook County official has been sentenced to just over four years in federal prison for steering no-bid contracts to acquaintances and reaping thousands of dollars in kickbacks. Read »

Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff

Former Chicago Alderman Gets 10.5 Years for Corruption

Ambrosio Medrano tearfully apologized and called his behavior "disgraceful" and said he acted "foolishly." Read »

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

William Beavers After Sentencing: 'I'm a Hero'

Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison and a $10,000 fine for tax evasion. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM
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By Phil Rogers & Lisa Balde

Jesse Jackson Jr.: 'Today I Manned Up'

Jesse Jackson Jr. said he manned up Wednesday in court. After a judge sentenced him to 30 months in prison for misusing $750,000 of campaign money, Jackson gave a brief statement to a crush of reporters and... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 at 9:05 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Judge Postpones JJJ, Sandi Sentencing

Judge Postpones JJJ, Sandi Sentencing

A federal judge on Monday postponed the sentencing hearing for former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, noting it was being done to "accommodate the court" and not at the request of the... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Jacksons' Sentencing Scheduled for Aug. 14

Jacksons' Sentencing Scheduled for Aug. 14

Couple pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds and tax fraud. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 8:09 AM
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By Phil Rogers & Lisa Balde

Prosecutors Seek 4-Year Prison Term for JJJ

Federal prosecutors are recommending former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. get four years in prison for misusing $750,000 in campaign money and 18 months for Jackson's wife, Sandi. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Supporter Sends Jackson Jr. Letter to Wrong Judge

Supporter Sends Jackson Jr. Letter to Wrong Judge

Cook County Commissioner Jerry “Iceman” Butler is the latest public official to write a Federal Judge in Washington, pleading for leniency for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Butler directed his comments... Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Emanuel Calls For Longer Gun Possession Sentences

Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls Illinois's system of punishing felons for illegal gun possession "a turnstile and a revolving door." Read »

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

Cellini Gets 1 Year Prison Sentence, Fine

Cellini Gets 1 Year Prison Sentence, Fine

William Cellini, 77, was once known to political insiders as the King of Clout for his behind-the-scenes influence in state government. 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 .