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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Al Gore Blasts 'Toxic' GOP Attitude on Global Warming

Al Gore Blasts 'Toxic' GOP Attitude on Global Warming

Former Vice President Al Gore says Republican reluctance to acknowledge global warming has "reached toxic levels" because candidates fear losing campaign contributions from corporations that profit by... Read »

Friday, Dec 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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By Edward McClelland

When Hitchens Came to Chicago

When Hitchens Came to Chicago

Two boozy, provocative visits from the controversial journalist, who died last night. Read »

Friday, Feb 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Kirk: Gore's Marital Problems Changed Mind on Carbon Emissions

Kirk: Gore's Marital Problems Changed Mind on Carbon Emissions
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Mark Kirk says the collapse of Al Gore's personal life helped change his mind on the cap-and-trade bill. 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 .