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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 10:58 AM
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By The Associated Press

First Lady to Launch Construction of USS Illinois

First Lady to Launch Construction of USS Illinois

First lady Michelle Obama is traveling to Rhode Island to participate in a keel-laying ceremony for a submarine that will become the USS Illinois. Read »

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Teens Talk to Rahm About Solutions to Violence

Teens Talk to Rahm About Solutions to Violence

More than 500 teens are expected to submit their proposals and brainstorm with Chicago officials Saturday afternoon, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago Friday to talk about strengthening the U.S. economy as well as city gun violence. Read »

Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 7:45 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Michelle Obama Debuts New Haircut On Twitter

Michelle Obama Debuts New Haircut On Twitter

New term, new Twitter, new do. First Lady Michelle Obama, whose fashion choices are often written about and acclaimed, stepped up her style Wednesday without a wardrobe makeover. She took to her new Twitter... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 8:59 AM
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By Marcus Riley

First Lady, Emanuel Tour Farm

Michelle Obama takes her healthy eating message to the South Side. See Full Gallery »

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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 .