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Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:53 PM
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By Emily Florez

Early Voters Set Record in Cook County

Early Voters Set Record in Cook County

More than 13,500 suburban Cook County voters cast ballots Monday, the first day of early voting throughout Illinois, setting a new record for the first day, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Media Diss At Polling Place

Media Diss At Polling Place

An investigator wouldn't let media into Gery Chico's polling location Tuesday morning. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 10:38 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

The Chicago Election Blog

The Chicago Election Blog

Inside: a chronology of how the day panned out. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 8:15 AM
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By Lauren Jiggetts and Lisa Balde

Rahm Starts Election Day Early

Rahm Starts Election Day Early

Campaigning isn't over yet for the mayoral front-runner. Read »

Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 4:28 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Big Voter Turnout Expected

Big Voter Turnout Expected

Tuesday will be first time in 64 years with no incumbent running for mayor. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Keeping Up With the Candidates

Keeping Up With the Candidates

Here's where to find the Top 4 mayoral candidates on Election Day. 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 .