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Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Anshoo Sethi, the social-climbing young con artist who suckered prominent Illinois politicians into supporting his sham real-estate venture, has been indicted on federal charges of wire fraud and making false... Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 4:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Anshoo Sethi, the young owner of a failed O'Hare-area motel, managed to trick Illinois' political heavies into supporting his grand ambition to erect a massive $913 million hotel-and-convention center near... Read »

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 3:28 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Axelrod Defends Rahm

Axelrod Defends Rahm

Three days after the Chicago Tribune published a brutal take-down of Rahm Emanuel -- dubbing the Democratic mayor a "walking personality disorder" -- the conservative-leaning newspaper has posted a fiery... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Axelrod Wants Voter Payback for Guns Stance

Axelrod Wants Voter Payback for Guns Stance

David Axelrod took to Twitter Wednesday to warn that votes against gun-control legislation could politically hurt Republicans in the long run. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:16 AM
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By Lisa Balde

David Axelrod Book Planned For 2014

The day after Axelrod officially opened the doors of the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics this week, Penguin Press announced he has a book deal. Read »

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Axelrod Lures Washed-Up Pols to U of C

Opinion: Axelrod Lures Washed-Up Pols to U of C

Gary Hart, Haley Barbour and Jon Favreau lead the formerly big names in the Institute of Politics' inaugural semester. Read »

Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Mag Names City's Most Powerful People

Chicago’s got the power.
Or at least it has some powerful people according to Chicago’s Power 100 by Chicagomag.com. Read »

Friday, Jan 11, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Axelrod To Hold Panel On Conn. Shootings

Axelrod To Hold Panel On Conn. Shootings

Let's hope they also mention that Chicago had more than twice as many child murders as Newtown, Conn., in 2012 Read »

Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 8:23 AM
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By Edward McClelland

You Can't Say That in Politics

Questionable quotes said by politicians in 2012 See Full Gallery »

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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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Authors
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 .