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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Senator Wants Handguns Banned From Churches

Illinois Senator Wants Handguns Banned From Churches

An Illinois state senator wants to add churches to the list of places where concealed guns wouldn't be allowed. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

State Senate Committee OKs Ammunition Limit

State Senate Committee OKs Ammunition Limit

Legislation to ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds advances with 12-3 vote. Read »

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM
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By Associated Press and Alexandria Fisher

Newtown Parents Join Quinn in Quest for Gun Control

Top Democratic leaders, including Gov. Pat Quinn, and parents of Sandy Hook victims are urging lawmakers to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. Read »

Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM
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By Associated Press

State Senate Approves 'Puppy Lemon Law' Bill

The Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would protect consumers who buy a dog or cat at a pet store and then find out that the animal is seriously ill. Lawmakers voted 31-18 Wednesday to send to the... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 at 9:02 PM
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By Associated Press

State Senate OKs "Puppy Lemon" Law

State Senate OKs "Puppy Lemon" Law

Consumers who buy a new dog or cat only to find out it has a serious disease or ailment would have a new form of recourse under an Illinois Senate proposal. Read »

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Dan Kotowski

Dan Kotowski

Democratic Candidate for the 28th Legislative District. 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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Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .