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Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 at 6:20 PM
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By Phil Rogers, Anthony Ponce

Gambling Bill's Sponsors: Quinn Played Us

Rep. Lou Lang working on votes to override veto. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Mayor Clearly Upset With Quinn Veto

Mayor Clearly Upset With Quinn Veto

It's no secret Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a casino. He went toe-to-toe with Gov. Pat Quinn back when the governor vetoed the first iteration of a bill that would bring a casino (read: oodles of revenue) to the... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Phil Rogers

Quinn Vetoes Illinois Gambling Expansion

Gov. Pat Quinn wasn't bluffing when he said he wasn't a fan of the Illinois gambling expansion plan. After considering many scenarios, including an amendatory veto which reportedly was how the governor was... Read »

Friday, Aug 24, 2012 at 7:28 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Rahm on Casino: 'I Want it For Our Kids'

Chicago mayor confident state and city can work out issues. Read »

Friday, Jun 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm Loses It On Phone With Quinn

Rahm Loses It On Phone With Quinn

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, known for his temper and willingness to go toe-to-toe, reportedly lost it with Gov Pat Quinn in a recent phone call. A source told Ward Room Emanuel is upset Quinn wants stronger ethics rules... Read »

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 at 8:10 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Rahm, Quinn Continue Chicago Casino Talks

Rahm, Quinn Continue Chicago Casino Talks

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel faced off on their differences and shared goals during a sold-out forum Wednesday at the Field Museum. Considering the pair's many differences and some common ground, of... Read »

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 at 5:28 PM
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By Edward McClelland

No Natives Means More Gambling Revenue For Illinois

No Natives Means More Gambling Revenue For Illinois

Illinois has an opportunity to reap more money from gambling than most states -- because we're one of the few with no Indian reservations. Read »

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 4:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Quinn Declared "Irrelevant"

Quinn Declared "Irrelevant"

The State Journal-Register of Springfield calls Gov. Pat Quinn "irrelevant." It's the curse of following an impeached executive. Just ask Jerry Ford. Read »

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Rahm Can Have Speed Cameras and Gambling

How Rahm Can Have Speed Cameras and Gambling

Emanuel won a vote on speed cameras when the House voted 64-50 to approve the bill, sending it to Gov. Pat Quinn. But the mayor lost on gambling expansion, when Rep. Lou Lang could only muster 58 of the 60 votes... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011 at 7:19 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Casino Bill on Table in Springfield

Casino Bill on Table in Springfield

Illinois lawmakers decide Wednesday whether to approve a gambling expansion that would bring a casino to Chicago. A revised, scaled-back bill that eliminates shot machines at airports and the state fair passed a... 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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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 .