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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 »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Anti-Rauner PAC Releases 'Chief Executive Outsourcer' Video

Anti-Rauner PAC Releases 'Chief Executive Outsourcer' Video

A new video released Thursday by Illinois Freedom PAC, the union-backed group protesting Bruce Rauner's bid for governor, paints the Republican venture capitalist as a "Chief Executive Outsourcer." Read »

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 »

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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 .