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Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM
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City Unveils Plans for New Library in Chinatown

City Unveils Plans for New Library in Chinatown

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Library on Friday unveiled the design for a new library in Chinatown. Read »

Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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By Associated Press

Rahm: If Kids Read 2 Million Books, I'll Jump In the Lake

Rahm: If Kids Read 2 Million Books, I'll Jump In the Lake

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Bears' Israel Idonije say they'll take the Polar Bear Plunge this winter if Chicago schoolchildren read 2 million books. Read »

Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Emanuel to Reopen Chicago Libraries on Mondays

Emanuel to Reopen Chicago Libraries on Mondays

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the reopening of Chicago Libraries Monday mornings. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Mayor Taps San Fran for New Library Leader

In announcing the Chicago Public Library's new commissioner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel downplayed the issue of branch hours and focused on adapting the system in a time of changing media. Read »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2011 at 8:02 PM
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By Robert Rodriguez

City Dedicates Library to Daley

City Dedicates Library to Daley

New library in Humboldt Park opened July 8. 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 .