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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Hey, Pundits – Stop Predicting Chicago’s Mayoral Race

Opinion: Hey, Pundits – Stop Predicting Chicago’s Mayoral Race

More than five months out from Election Day, a number of political operatives and media types are already working to craft a narrative that doesn't square with some basic facts. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Mayor Race: Fioretti Accepts Responsibility for His Law Firms' Legal Trouble

Chicago Mayor Race: Fioretti Accepts Responsibility for His Law Firms' Legal Trouble

Chicago mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti is defending his track record of financial competence amid reports that the 2nd Ward alderman and his law firms have been the target of lawsuits over allegedly delinquent... Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision'

Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision'

Still undecided on running for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is soliciting supporters on Twitter to help pad her campaign war chest with enough money to go up against Rahm Emanuel's... Read »

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Fioretti Wants to 'Bring the City Together'

Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti announced Saturday that he will run for mayor, marking the first major challenger to face Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February election. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat

Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat

Two of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's most vocal critics are incher closer to making a decision on whether to challenge him at the ballot box this February. Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's political allies are applauding his pact with the Fraternal Order of Police union to reportedly get Chicago law enforcement officers an 11 percent raise as well as retroactive pay. Not among... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

With all the buzz about Karen Lewis possibly running for Chicago mayor, it's sometimes easy to overlook 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti—another vocal critic of Rahm Emanuel—as he too considers whether to throw his... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council

Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election super PAC is targeting 53 alderman candidates with a questionnaire designed to weed out pro-Rahm supporters from potential foes. The Sun-Times reports that Chicago... Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

When your approval rating starts off a campaign at 35 percent or lower, you have to be seen by at least some voters and political observers as the underdog. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 2:06 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel's Approval Ratings Sink to New Low in Tribune Poll

Emanuel's Approval Ratings Sink to New Low in Tribune Poll

The Chicago Tribune took another big swipe at Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, publishing the dismal results of a job performance poll that shows Emanuel's approval numbers in the tank. Read »

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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 .