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Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Daley Poll: Madigan Is Drag on Daughter's Campaign

Daley Poll: Madigan Is Drag on Daughter's Campaign

According to a poll released by Bill Daley's campaign, voters don't like the idea of Michael Madigan as House Speaker AND Lisa Madigan as governor. Read »

Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Bill Daley Calls Out Quinn, Lisa Madigan On Pensions

In a so-called three-step plan to end Illinois' pension impasse, Bill Daley called out Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday for "failed leadership" and Attorney General Lisa Madigan for making the argument worse. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Mary Ann Ahern

Lisa Madigan 'Seriously Considering' Run For Governor

Attorney General Lisa Madigan hasn't made an official decision to run for Illinois governor in 2014, but on the same day Bill Daley all but threw his hat in the ring, she said it's still on her mind. "I'm... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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By Lauren Petty

Bill Daley To Formally Explore Run For Illinois Governor

He hinted at it for months, but former White House chief of staff Bill Daley has officially taken the first step toward running for Illinois governor. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Bruce Rauner Jumps Into 2014 Governor's Race

Rauner joins Dan Rutherford in campaign for GOP nomination. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Gubernatorial Odds

Gubernatorial Odds

Dan Rutherford is still the favorite for 2014. Read »

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Gubernatorial Odds Making

Opinion: Gubernatorial Odds Making

On the fourth Friday of every month until the primary election, we’ll bring you our assessment of who’s leading in the race for governor. This is, of course, for entertainment purposes only. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Lisa Balde

Lisa Madigan Considering Run For Governor: Report

Lisa Madigan Considering Run For Governor: Report

Attorney General Lisa Madigan reportedly is “seriously thinking” about running for Illinois governor. Read »

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Daley's Primary Plan Would Violate Federal Law

Why Daley's Primary Plan Would Violate Federal Law

Bill Daley is proposing switching to a primary in which a candidate who gets 50 percent of the vote avoids a runoff -- but that's illegal for congressional elections. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 at 9:24 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Daley Still Not Sure if He'll Take on Quinn

"I'm no further than what I've said publicly," he said Tuesday at the Misercordia Home breakfast, later adding that life in public sector is a "brutal existence." Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .