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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM
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By Marcus Riley

State Police Join CPD Unit in Month-Long Trial

Up to 40 Illinois State troopers were dispatched to Chicago on Thursday in a 30-day trial to help the city's police department combat street violence. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM
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By Phil Rogers

8 Months Later, Still No Word on Blagojevich Appeal

Save for some back and forth regarding filings, all that is known is that the three judges have taken the case under advisement. The only clues about what they may be thinking, came from the very pointed... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM
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By Associated Press

Ex-CEO of Red Light Camera Company Indicted

Ex-CEO of Red Light Camera Company Indicted

It accuses her of providing a retired city official around $570,000 in cash and other benefits for inside information helping Redflex land Chicago contracts that grew to $124 million in value. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Defends Six-Figure Salary

Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis is defending her six-figure salary and three homes -- one of which is in Hawaii -- as "solidly middle class." Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Flies to New York for Summit on Income Inequality

Emanuel Flies to New York for Summit on Income Inequality

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in New York City on Monday to attend a summit of American mayors, led by Michael Bloomberg's new-ish successor Bill De Blasio. The event marked the first gathering of the newly... Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Study Shows City Needs More Equitable Housing Plan

Opinion: Study Shows City Needs More Equitable Housing Plan

Despite spending millions, the city's community redevelopment efforts efforts are not seeing the kind of results needed to address housing inequalities. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM
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By Sara Burnett

What's Behind that Cayman Island Talk

What's Behind that Cayman Island Talk

The fallout has included accusations that candidates are unpatriotic and waging a "war on teachers," recruiting an economist to discuss the ills of offshore accounts and a news conference on a sweltering Chicago... Read »

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:19 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Under the Radar, Obama Impeachment Talk Heats Up

Under the Radar, Obama Impeachment Talk Heats Up

You might not be hearing a lot about it, but a whole lot of folks in America would like nothing more than to see President Barack Obama impeached and removed from office. Read »

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Two Media Stories Open Windows On Rahm’s Chicago

Opinion: Two Media Stories Open Windows On Rahm’s Chicago

Two outstanding pieces of investigative reporting this week go a long way in demonstrating exactly how Chicago is run under the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 8:07 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Media Denied at Mock Debate

Media Denied at Mock Debate

The teens held their debate at the Arturo Velasquez Institute on the City's West side as part of the Chicago Housing Authority's Summer Advantage Learn and Earn program program. These teen scholars played roles... 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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Authors
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 .