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Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michael Madigan Wants Your Feedback on $10 Minimum Wage

Michael Madigan Wants Your Feedback on $10 Minimum Wage

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to crowd-source voters' opinion on raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour by adding an advisory referendum to the November ballot. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Obama to Attend Fundraiser at Rauner Supporter's Home

As the old saying goes, politics makes for strange bedfellows, especially in Illinois. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Will GOP's Beefed-Up Voter Outreach Work in Illinois?

Will GOP's Beefed-Up Voter Outreach Work in Illinois?

It's a seemingly impossible mission, but the GOP is deploying more money and staffers in an attempt to break the Democratic stronghold in blue-state Illinois. Read »

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: 67 Percent of Illinois Voters Oppose State-Financing Plan

Obama Library: 67 Percent of Illinois Voters Oppose State-Financing Plan

A new poll from Capitol Fax's Rich Miller reveals that a whopping 67 percent of prospective voters here in Illinois oppose the Michael Madigan-sponsored plan to earmark $100 million for Barack Obama's... Read »

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Rahm Emanuel Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has endorsed Hillary Clinton for a presidential run, calling the former Secretary of State "a champion for the American people." Emanuel will stump for Clinton at a June 5... Read »

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Residents Call for Trauma Center Before Presidential Library

Residents in an area vying for the Obama Presidential Library say they believe the area has a more important need that should be addressed first. Read »

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: Hyde Park Group Protests University of Chicago's Bid

Obama Library: Hyde Park Group Protests University of Chicago's Bid

The University of Chicago is facing community opposition in its battle to claim Barack Obama's presidential library. On Thursday the Hyde Park group Trauma Care Coalition will stage a town hall and rally at the... Read »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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By The Associated Press

Hagel: Tough Defense Choices Exist After War

Hagel: Tough Defense Choices Exist After War

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says tough trade-offs are necessary as the military pivots from a 13-year war footing and comes under enormous budgetary constraints. Read »

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Jokes About Rick Perry, 'Raging Socialist' School

Obama Jokes About Rick Perry, 'Raging Socialist' School

President Obama delivered some sharp one-liners worthy of a Daily Show monologue at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, poking fun at Joe Biden, John Boehner and Chris Christie, among other usual... Read »

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Report: Chicago's Top Public Schools Admit More White Students

Report: Chicago's Top Public Schools Admit More White Students

Chicago's top-ranked public high schools have enrolled more white students in the years following a judge's 2009 decision to strike down a desegregation decree, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. 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 .