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By Erin Carlson

Quinn's Deputy Chief of Staff Steps Down Amid IDOT Controversy

Quinn's Deputy Chief of Staff Steps Down Amid IDOT Controversy

Gov. Pat Quinn's deputy chief of staff is stepping down amid controversy over allegedly improper patronage hiring inside the Illinois Department of Transportation. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent -- 'Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring "Simpsons" character -- delivered an especially batty Twitter rant... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

FLOTUS "Definitely" Not Entering Politics

FLOTUS

First Lady Michelle Obama is officially on the record regarding rumored political plans after she leaves the White House. Read »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 6:41 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Opinion: Bill Clinton Lands in Chicago for Splashy Emanuel Fundraiser

Who wants to party with Bill Clinton? You and everyone else but none more so than Rahm Emanuel. The re-election-seeking Chicago mayor -- struggling to recover from an excruciating round of bad press -- is... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Rahm Lobs Softballs at Hillary in Chicago Interview

Opinion: Rahm Lobs Softballs at Hillary in Chicago Interview

Emanuel, who recently endorsed Clinton for president even though she has not yet announced her candidacy, failed to ask the one question everybody wants to know and the one question every Clinton interviewer... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley, BJ Lutz
      

Clinton Talks 'Hard Choices' at Ideas Week

Hard Choices may be, for now, the title of her book. But it is without much doubt the future slogan of what is likely to be a future campaign. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Hillary Clinton Promotes New Book in Chicago

Hillary Clinton was in Chicago Tuesday night kicking off a promotional campaign for her new book with a speech at the Arie Crown Theatre. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Explains 'Dead Broke' Comment in TV Interview

Hillary Clinton Explains 'Dead Broke' Comment in TV Interview

Hillary Clinton, making the media rounds to promote her new memoir "Hard Choices," sought to explain herself on Tuesday amid criticism over her earlier assertion that she and Bill left the White House "dead... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 5:40 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Hillary Clinton Kicks Off Book Tour in Chicago

Hillary Clinton Kicks Off Book Tour in Chicago

The former Secretary of State and author of the new memoir "Hard Choices" will give the keynote at the Food Marketing Institute Convention, followed by an appearance the next morning alongside Chicago Mayor Rahm... Read »

Monday, Jun 9, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Watch Out, Rahm: NYC Mayor Wants 2016 DNC in Brooklyn

Watch Out, Rahm: NYC Mayor Wants 2016 DNC in Brooklyn

This news is sure to spark Rahm Emanuel's competitive streak: on Friday afternoon New York Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that he's submitting Brooklyn as a contender to host the 2016 Democratic National... 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 .