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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Quinn, Daley Animosity May Open Door For Third Candidate

Quinn, Daley Animosity May Open Door For Third Candidate

Pat Quinn and Bill Daley attack each in the Washington Post. Could their feud create an opportunity for state Sen. Kwame Raoul? Read »

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Bill Daley Skips Cook County Dem Slate-Making Session

Bill Daley Skips Cook County Dem Slate-Making Session

With the Cook County Democratic party expected to endorse Gov. Pat Quinn in the 2014 gubernatorial race, candidate Bill Daley didn't find any reason to attend Friday's slate-making session. Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Gubernatorial Odds: State Fair Edition

Illinois Gubernatorial Odds: State Fair Edition

The State Fair edition! Only Rutherford, Quinn and Rauner look like contenders. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CTA Board Member Resigns Amid Double-Dipping Allegations

Chicago Transportation Authority board member Frank Zuccarelli resigned from his position in a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 6:51 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Bill Daley Makes Run for Illinois Governor Official

If there was ever any doubt that Bill Daley is running for Illinois governor, it should be gone as of Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 8:49 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Bill Daley Not Too Big To Fail

In his campaign for governor, Bill Daley could face questions about his role as Midwest chairman of JPMorgan Chase, which received a $94.7 billion federal bailout in 2008. Read »

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM
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By Associated Press

Daley: Quinn Should Hold Marathon Talks on Pension

Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to hold around-the-clock talks to resolve the state's $97 billion pension shortfall. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Battle of the War Chests for Illinois Governor

Battle of the War Chests for Illinois Governor

Pat Quinn takes the lead in the race for the most cash. Bill Brady raises just $87. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Winning Cook County Won't Win You The Governorship

Opinion: Winning Cook County Won't Win You The Governorship

If winning Cook County were enough to win a Democratic primary, Roland Burris and Paul Vallas would have been governor. Read »

Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Bill Daley Raises $800,000 in Three Weeks

Bill Daley Raises $800,000 in Three Weeks

However, he still has less money than Pat Quinn or Lisa Madigan. 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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