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Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 7:30 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Bill Daley Tests Waters For Illinois Governor Bid

Bill Daley Tests Waters For Illinois Governor Bid

President Barack Obama's former chief of staff is testing the gubernatorial waters in Illinois. Bill Daley, brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and son of former Mayor Richard J. Daley, commissioned... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Bill Daley Defends One of Dad's Worst Decisions

Opinion: Bill Daley Defends One of Dad's Worst Decisions

Bill Daley, who is considering a run for governor, says his father showed leadership and "guts" by tearing down LIttle Italy to make way for the University of Illinois-Chicago. According to Old Man Daley's... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM
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By Andrew Greiner
      

Bill Daley Highlights Pat Quinn's Leadership Problems

"I'm thinking about seriously," he said. "I'm a ways off." Read »

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Many Killers were "Basically Good" People

Opinion: Many Killers were

Bill Daley says his nephew, R.J. Vanecko, is "basically a good kid." The same thing has been said about thousands of less well-connected defendants. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Bill Daley Mum on Rumored Run for Governor

Bill Daley Mum on Rumored Run for Governor

Bill Daley on Tuesday followed the pattern of every nearly other big-time politician who's ever run for office and said he's not running for office. "I'm not going to comment on that," the former White House... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Bill Daley Not Ruling Out Bid for Illinois Governor

Bill Daley Not Ruling Out Bid for Illinois Governor

Bill Daley isn't ruling out a run for Illinois governor in 2014. The former White House chief of staff told WLS Radio's hosts Wednesday morning he's thought about a gubernatorial bid before and keeps it in... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 8:12 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Bill Daley Weighs in on Presidential Race

Bill Daley on Wednesday made his first public comments since leaving his post as White House chief of staff. Daley, successor to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and brother of former Mayor Richard Daley, spoke to... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Rahm, Daley Named Obama Campaign Co-Chairs

Rahm, Daley Named Obama Campaign Co-Chairs

President Barack Obama isn't exactly shy about touting his Chicago roots, and his locally based campaign's new list of National Co-Chairs reflects it. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former White House Chief of Staff... Read »

Friday, Jan 27, 2012 at 11:08 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Bill Daley Returns to Chicago

Bill Daley Returns to Chicago

Bill Daley reportedly celebrated his last day at the White House Friday with a mini-Taste of Chicago. The former White House chief of staff flew in hometown eats for a lunchtime surprise party for staffers,... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM
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By Dick Johnson
      

Rahm Sticks Up for Bill Daley

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended Bill Daley's resignation, telling reporters his successor "can walk out of the White House with his head held high for a job well done." Read »

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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 .