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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Rahm Emanuel's Money Buy Chicago's Love?

Can Rahm Emanuel's Money Buy Chicago's Love?

When it comes to fundraising, Mayor Rahm Emanuel sprints circles around political rivals and shoves the competition out of the race by sheer force of his Rolodex of mega-rich moguls, Washington insiders and... Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Chicago Can Stay On Top

How Chicago Can Stay On Top

Three experts talk about how Chicago can remain a global city in the 21st Century. Read »

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Will the 'Rahm Tax' Make a Comeback?

Will the 'Rahm Tax' Make a Comeback?

Remember the luxury services tax that Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed during his campaign? Emanuel may be bringing it back. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 12:36 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Quinn Taps Chico for Illinois School Post

The Governor will ask the former mayoral contender to take over Illinois's schools. Read »

Friday, Mar 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Running Against Rahm

Running Against Rahm
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Gery Chico's communications director talks about running against a candidate with more money and celebrity than Chicago's ever seen before. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Chico Loses His Run Off Bid

The former Daley chief of staff's efforts to force a runoff fell short. Read »

Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 1:45 PM
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By Phil Rogers

'Kickoff To the Runoff': Chico

'Kickoff To the Runoff': Chico
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Gery Chico hopped the El on Monday to mobilize voters. Read »

Friday, Feb 25, 2011 at 1:07 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Chico's Final Weekend

Chico's Final Weekend

Over a plate of calamari at Pizza Capri, Ward Room talks to Gery Chico about public employees pensions, neighborhood redevelopment, and Ed Burke. Read »

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 4:15 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Chico Eyes a Runoff

Candidates sprint toward the finish with a final weekend push. Read »

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Jeff Goldblatt

Opponents Pile on Emanuel

Opponents Pile on Emanuel

Candidates try to chip away at front-runner to force a run-off. 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 .