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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Smell that? It's the funky stench of victory for champions of expanding access to medical marijuana in the increasingly weed-friendly Windy City. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Free Garbage Service Cost Chicago Taxpayers $6.6 Million Per Year

Free Garbage Service Cost Chicago Taxpayers $6.6 Million Per Year

Well, this is garbage: Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson has detailed a decade of improper and illegal clout-fueled clean-up by the Department of Streets and Sanitation costing taxpayers nearly $6.6 million... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 6:31 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Ald. Burke To Undergo Prostate Cancer Surgery Thursday

Longtime Chicago Ald. Ed Burke (14th) confirmed he will undergo prostate cancer surgery on Thursday. Read »

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Alderman: City Needs Ban on "Upskirting"

Chicago Alderman: City Needs Ban on "Upskirting"

A Chicago alderman says the city needs a specific ban on so-called "upskirt" photos because "there are a lot of weirdos roaming around" and because a state law on videotaping without permission may leave a legal... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

Council Asks to Suspend Travel to Russia

Council Asks to Suspend Travel to Russia

Burke notes in his press release "it is my hope that if we take the first step of urging an airline embargo that other major cities across the nation, such as New York and Los Angeles, will follow suit." Read »

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

No Love for Eliot Ness in Chicago City Council

No Love for Eliot Ness in Chicago City Council

Hollywood may love Eliot Ness and his crime-busting ways. But that doesn't mean Chicago has to. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Assessor Berrios' Name Surfaces in Federal Bribery Trial

Assessor Berrios' Name Surfaces in Federal Bribery Trial

To the good, hardworking public servants in the Cook County Assessor's office, I say: I'm sorry. Read »

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Memo to Self: The Ed Burke Conflict of Interest Story is Over

Memo to Self: The Ed Burke Conflict of Interest Story is Over

By the end of the week, the story is as dead as a Chicago baseball season. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Emanuel Clams Up on Burke’s Business Conflicts

Emanuel Clams Up on Burke’s Business Conflicts

As Mayor Emanuel said, every politician has to speak for himself on what's legal and appropriate. Read »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Ald. Burke Proves in Chicago, It’s Taxpayer Be Damned

Ald. Burke Proves in Chicago, It’s Taxpayer Be Damned

Is there a bigger conflict of interest walking Chicago’s streets right now than Ald. Ed Burke? 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 .