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Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM
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By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar Award for Tax Strategy

Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar Award for Tax Strategy

Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves... Read »

Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Garrett M. Peck

Garrett M. Peck

Republican Candidate for the 49th Legislative District. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn's Seaport Quip Misses the Point

Quinn's Seaport Quip Misses the Point

Governor Pat Quinn didn't have his facts straight when he said Caterpillar Inc. liked Georgia as a relocation spot because of its proximity to a sea port. Read »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 at 12:20 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Who's to Blame for Caterpillar Snub?

Who's to Blame for Caterpillar Snub?

Officials from the company sent an email to Peoria politicians, and cited an increasingly hostile business climate in Illinois as a factor in their decision. The chose Cary, North Carolina Read »

Friday, Apr 15, 2011 at 6:28 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Quinn Donating Radiation Detectors to Japan

Caterpillar will provide transportation of the devices from Illinois to Japan Read »

Monday, Apr 4, 2011 at 3:37 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Quinn, Caterpillar CEO Plan to Talk

Quinn, Caterpillar CEO Plan to Talk

The two men ostensibly plan to address the controversy generated by March letter. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 at 5:57 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Inside Quinn's Caterpiller Wake Up

Experts say the company's threats to move should be taken seriously. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 1:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Long, Sad Tale of Evel Knievel and the Wet-Panted Caterpillar Execs

The Long, Sad Tale of Evel Knievel and the Wet-Panted Caterpillar Execs
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What do a million bus jumps and health care have in common? 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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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 .