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Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 3:04 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Ex-Miss America Appears on "Meet the Press"

Republican congressional candidate and former Miss America Erika Harold appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday for a political roundtable. Read »

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Miss Americas in Politics

Miss Americas in Politics

Erika Harold is the only the latest Miss America contestant to get into politics. Few of her fellow beauty queens have been successful. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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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 .