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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Council Budget Office A Great Idea That Doesn't Go Far Enough

Opinion: Council Budget Office A Great Idea That Doesn't Go Far Enough

Thankfully, there’s still time for Council to take the steps necessary to make sure the new office can do it’s job effectively for the taxpayers of Chicago. Read »

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Ald. Pawar: Use Pension Funds to Create Chicago Stimulus

Ald. Pawar: Use Pension Funds to Create Chicago Stimulus

Alderman believes leveraging Chicago pension funds to provide direct social investment in city neighborhoods can serve as a much-needed stimulus package for the city. Read »

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Suburbia's Waiting Room

Suburbia's Waiting Room

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's alderman, Ameya Pawar, is doing more than the mayor to keep the middle class in the public schools, with a school booster program called Grow 47. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Winners and Losers of 2011

Winners and Losers of 2011

The biggest political winners and losers (besides Rod Blagojevich) of 2011. Read »

Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Emanuel Disses Pawar -- Again

Emanuel Disses Pawar -- Again

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has inserted his own candidate into the 47th Ward committeeman's race. Read »

Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 1:07 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Fighting 47th Is Dead

In Rahm Emanuel's home ward, young Indian-American, Ameya Pawar, defeated a veteran Irish ward heeler for alderman. 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 .