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Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Takes Turn for the Worse; Candidates Play Wealth Card

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Takes Turn for the Worse; Candidates Play Wealth Card

Now that Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, it's time for the real games to begin. The end of summer is when election season really starts to rev up, and with Nov. 4 just two months away, political campaigns... Read »

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Who Wins Twitter: Durbin vs. Oberweis

Who Wins Twitter: Durbin vs. Oberweis

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has thousands more Twitter followers than Jim Oberweis, but the suburban Chicago ice cream magnate-slash-state senator is gaining momentum on the powerful Illinois Democrat. As the... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin Narrowly Leads Oberweis in Poll

Durbin Narrowly Leads Oberweis in Poll

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat seeking a fourth term in office, has a slight lead over Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Chicago Sun-Times/We Ask America poll. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Taking Emanuel’s Money Could Have Political Costs

Opinion: Taking Emanuel’s Money Could Have Political Costs

Aldermanic candidates could potentially suffer at the polls if it comes out they're being supported by an increasingly unpopular mayor. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

With all the buzz about Karen Lewis possibly running for Chicago mayor, it's sometimes easy to overlook 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti—another vocal critic of Rahm Emanuel—as he too considers whether to throw his... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Last week we analyzed the demographics of those following Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner on Twitter. The results were fascinating. This Wednesday, we turn our attention from... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chris Christie's 5 Biggest "Quinn-sults"

If you don't have anything nice to say about Gov. Pat Quinn, well then sit next to Chris Christie! The mouthy New Jersey governor, Republican Governors Association Chairman and obsessed Springsteen fan returned... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

Bruce Rauner has loads of support in suburban and downstate Illinois, but can he trounce Pat Quinn in Chicago? Not a chance. But he's going to try. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Joe Biden and Chris Christie, two regular-guy politicians with big mouths and even bigger Oval Office dreams, descended upon Chicago Monday to raise money for the hotly contested Illinois governor race on... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform

Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform

It wasn't a lazy Sunday for Bruce Rauner. Pointing fingers at Springfield, the Republican governor candidate called a Chicago press conference to premiere an attack ad accusing Illinois Democrats of sabotaging... Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .