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Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Violence in Chicago: "What Is Rahm Emanuel Going to Do About This?"

Violence in Chicago: "What Is Rahm Emanuel Going to Do About This?"

Late Friday afternoon, in broad daylight, 51-year-old South Sider Charles Short was gunned down on the street and pronounced dead at the scene, with bullet wounds to his head and chest. When Norine Taylor... Read »

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Tribune Calls Emanuel a 'Walking Personality Disorder'

Chicago Tribune Calls Emanuel a 'Walking Personality Disorder'

The gloves are off between the Chicago Tribune and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In a brutal take-down of Emanuel, Kristen McQueary -- who sits on the traditionally conservative editorial board of the newspaper -- took... Read »

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: Hyde Park Group Protests University of Chicago's Bid

Obama Library: Hyde Park Group Protests University of Chicago's Bid

The University of Chicago is facing community opposition in its battle to claim Barack Obama's presidential library. On Thursday the Hyde Park group Trauma Care Coalition will stage a town hall and rally at the... Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 5:30 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Dodges Question on "Morning Joe"

Quinn Dodges Question on "Morning Joe"

Will Gov. Pat Quinn tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about his real relationship with Chicago's mayor? Not on live television. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Feds' Focus on Chicago Violence Is Part of the Solution

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have presided over a significant drop in crime, containing the beast that is the city's gang problem seems an insurmountable feat... Read »

Monday, Apr 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

Chicago Officials React to Violent Easter Weekend

Chicago's second warm weekend of the season was marked with violence: Nine people were killed and at least 35 were injured in a series of mostly gang-related incidents. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Report Rips Into Quinn’s Violence-Prevention Program

Report Rips Into Quinn’s Violence-Prevention Program

A new report by the Office of the Auditor General of Illinois says that a $54.5 million violence prevention program initiated by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2012 showed “pervasive deficiencies” in almost every aspect... Read »

Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Study Shows Murder in Chicago a Tale of Two Cities

Study Shows Murder in Chicago a Tale of Two Cities

A new study from Yale University highlights an important truth: your chance of being murdered in Chicago depends on where you live. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 5:21 AM
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By Michael Tarm, The Associated Press

AG: More Fed Money to Fight Chicago Violence

AG: More Fed Money to Fight Chicago Violence

Attorney General visits Chicago for ceremonial swearing-in for northern Illinois' new U.S. attorney, Zachary Fardon Read »

Monday, Nov 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Police to Patrol Most Dangerous Parks

The Chicago Police Department plans to deploy off-duty officers on overtime pay to 20 of the city's most dangerous parks. 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 .