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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010 at 11:13 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Kirk Likely to Be Sworn in Nov. 29

Kirk Likely to Be Sworn in Nov. 29
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Certification of special election results not expected until Nov. 23. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010 at 12:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Who Lost the Election? Guys Who Didn't Pay Taxes

Who Lost the Election? Guys Who Didn't Pay Taxes
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Bill Brady and Alexi Giannoulias shouldn't be rewarded for failing up. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010 at 2:47 PM
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By Steve Bryant

Kirk Invites Giannoulias to Beer Summit at Billy Goat

And, was that a mom joke in that victory speech? Read »

Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010 at 2:11 AM
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By Steve Bryant

Mark Kirk Beats Alexi Giannoulias for Illinois Senate

Giannoulias concedes with heartfelt speech. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010 at 3:45 PM
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By Edward McClelland

What If? How the Election Could Have Been, From Dillard to Hoffman

What If? How the Election Could Have Been, From Dillard to Hoffman
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What if Lisa Madigan had run for the U.S. Senate? What if Scott Lee Cohen had never been nominated? We speculate. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010 at 3:15 PM
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By Steve Bryant

Obama to Chicago: "Have My Back"

Obama to Chicago: "Have My Back"

Moving my agenda forward depends on people back home, president says. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010 at 7:29 PM
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By Andrew Greiner, Kim Vatis

Chicago Gets Out to Vote

Chicago Gets Out to Vote

Heavy voter turnout reported, but officials expect usual participation rate. Read »

Monday, Nov 1, 2010 at 8:06 PM
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By Edward McClelland

How a Midterm Calamity Will Help Obama

How a Midterm Calamity Will Help Obama
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Obama needs a foil in Washington, and needs to be humbled, so he can figure out what kind of president he is. Read »

Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 at 1:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

But Alexi, the DSCC Still Runs Negative Ads

Alexi Giannoulias could promise to stop running negative ads because he knew the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee would be his bad cop. Read »

Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Kirk and Giannoulias's Laugh-a-Minute Farewell Extravaganza

Kirk and Giannoulias's Laugh-a-Minute Farewell Extravaganza

After eight-and-a-half months of bickering, Kirk and Giannoulias have their banter down perfectly. 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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Authors
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 .