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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Lolita C. Baldor

Chicago Native Apparent Choice To Take Reins of NSA

Chicago Native Apparent Choice To Take Reins of NSA

A Navy admiral is the apparent choice to be the next chief of the troubled National Security Agency, which was rocked by former analyst Edward Snowden's disclosures of its secret surveillance programs that... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Pension Vote Crowds Out House Incentive Bill, For Now

Pension Vote Crowds Out House Incentive Bill, For Now

ADM in particular is seeking a fast resolution of its issue. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Stop With the Corporate Tax Break Madness, Illinois

Opinion: Stop With the Corporate Tax Break Madness, Illinois

As many as 10 different companies currently have special tax break requests totaling millions of dollars pending before the Illinois Legislature. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 9:25 AM

ADM Officials Scout Twin Cities for New HQ: Report

ADM Officials Scout Twin Cities for New HQ: Report

ADM officials last month announced plans to move out of Decatur, where the grain giant has been based for more than four decades, to a larger city with a greater talent pool and easier access to world-wide... Read »

Friday, Oct 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Says Pensions Come Before ADM Tax Break

Quinn Says Pensions Come Before ADM Tax Break

Quinn spoke to reporters following a business event at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Friday. He says he doesn't think any corporation should be seeking tax-break legislation in the state right now. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Stand Firm in the Face of ADM Blackmail, Illinois

Opinion: Stand Firm in the Face of ADM Blackmail, Illinois

Anyone tempted to roll out the red carpet for ADM to the tune of $24 million should think twice. And then say no. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM
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By AP

Chicago In Talks With ADM To Relocate To City

Chicago In Talks With ADM To Relocate To City

Chicago officials say agribusiness giant Archer Daniel Midland Company is considering the city as a new location for its global headquarters after more than four decades in Decatur. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

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.

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?

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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 .