Ward Room
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Friday, Nov 4, 2011 at 8:42 PM
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By Michael Kaplan & Mary Ann Ahern
Rahm Compromises on Budget Cuts
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Rahm Compromises on Budget Cuts

On Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will restore $4.3 million in originally proposed cuts for the $6.3 million city budget. The move came after city aldermen delivered a letter to the mayor on Wednesday... Read »

Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Mayor's Office Challenges Pay Increase Story

Mayor's Office Challenges Pay Increase Story

Rahm Press Office releases "Fact Check" of pay increase story. Read »

Friday, Oct 14, 2011 at 6:50 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Water Fee Is Homegrown Stimulus: Mayor

Increased water fees will put 18,000 people to work in upgrading city's water infrastructure, some of which dates back 100 years or more, says Emanuel. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Al Romero

Emanuel to Host Budget Hearings

Emanuel to Host Budget Hearings

The mayor wants more input on how to fix the budget. Read »

Thursday, Apr 14, 2011 at 4:17 PM
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By BJ Lutz

$50M Going Back to Parking Reserves: Daley

City announces better-than-expected update on city finances. Read »

Friday, Jul 30, 2010 at 12:37 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

City Faces $654M Budget Gap

City Faces $654M Budget Gap

Last year Daley tapped a parking meter fund, this year it could be layoffs. 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 .