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Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Democrats Eye Chicago, 14 Other Cities for 2016 Convention

Democrats Eye Chicago, 14 Other Cities for 2016 Convention

Chicago has a shot at hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm Emanuel Again Denies 2016 Rumors

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has denied it before and he's not giving in now. After speaking at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday on behalf of his old boss, President Barack Obama, Emanuel gave a quick "not" when... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Rahm: America Needs 4 More Years of Obama

Mayor Rahm Emanuel took to the stage Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention like the opening act of a rock concert, waving and pointing into the crowd. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rahm Emanuel's Full Convention Speech

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Remarks to the 2012 Democratic National Convention As Prepared for Delivery Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Duckworth Defends Commander in Chief

Tammy Duckworth, the 8th District Congressional candidate running against Joe Walsh, defended the Commander in Chief during her speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 6:51 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

At DNC, Quinn Attacks GOP Lies

On stage, Quinn took direct aim at Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, whose Vice Presidential acceptance speech was laden with inaccuracies and mistruths, according to independent fact checkers. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 6:29 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Chicago GOP Wants Rahm to Skip DNC Speech

Chicago GOP Wants Rahm to Skip DNC Speech

The Chicago Republican Party wants Mayor Rahm Emanuel to skip his trip to Charlotte this week and deal with issues back home. The mayor was added to the Democratic National Convention list of speakers last month... Read »

Monday, Sep 3, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Fans Call on Betty White to Speak at DNC

Fans Call on Betty White to Speak at DNC

Can a Golden Girl do one better than Mr. Make My Day? A group of Democrats is betting on it following Clint Eastwood's colorful "conversation" with an imaginary President Barack Obama last week at the Republican... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Dems Tap Rahm for Convention Speech

Dems Tap Rahm for Convention Speech

The DNC is bringing in the Rahmfather. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was added Monday to the Democratic National Convention's list of speakers, organizers announced. 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 .