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Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chicago Looks Ready For Its ‘Progressive Moment’

Opinion: Chicago Looks Ready For Its ‘Progressive Moment’

What’s clear is that as far as progressives go in Chicago, the opportunity for a historic moment is upon them. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Aldermen Deserve Kudos for Admitting Mistakes

Opinion: Aldermen Deserve Kudos for Admitting Mistakes

For a politician, coming right out and saying you're sorry for past mistakes is never easy. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Karen Lewis Lays Groundwork for Possible Mayoral Run

CTU president says she's filed financial paperwork, plans to circulate petitions, but hasn't made an official decision. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Mayor, Council Still Owe Answer On Mental Health Clinic Closures

Opinion: Mayor, Council Still Owe Answer On Mental Health Clinic Closures

First, the good news: there’s going to be a hearing. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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By Erin Carlson

A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)

A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)

Now that CPS closed all those schools, what's the district going to do with the extra space? Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel "Less Safe": Poll

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel

A Chicago Tribune poll reveals that Illinois' new concealed carry law, introduced in January, makes a majority of Chicagoans feel unsafe. 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 8:19 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Rides to State Fair on Harley

After removing his helmet, the Winnetka businessman said he would lead an administration that is efficient and transparent. He repeated a vow, made following his primary victory, to sweep Gov. Pat Quinn into... Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:34 AM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment

Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment

He addressed reporters Thursday at a Chicago pipe and conduit manufacturer calling it a "momentous" day. Officials say unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. That's a drop from 9.2 percent one year ago and... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm Attends Little League Watch Party

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among supporters attending the city watch party to cheer on the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars at the Little League World Series. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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 .