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Friday, Jun 6, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Two Chicago Fundraisers Held For Hillary Clinton

Chicago Democrats are rallying around a candidate for the 2016 presidential race who hasn't said whether she'll run. Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Nothing brings political frenemies together like a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Headlined by Chicago Mayor and longtime Clintonite Rahm Emanuel, the "Ready for Hillary" funders happening here tonight are expected... Read »

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices' Tour Launches in Chicago With Emanuel Interview

Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices' Tour Launches in Chicago With Emanuel Interview

Hillary Clinton is choosing Chicago, her hometown, as the first destination in her book promotion blitz. Read »

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Anxiety-Fueled Dick Durbin Joins Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Anxiety-Fueled Dick Durbin Joins Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Senator Dick Durbin is boarding the Hillary Clinton-for-president bandwagon. The Illinois Democrat joins Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the list of boldfaced names slated to... Read »

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Rahm Emanuel Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has endorsed Hillary Clinton for a presidential run, calling the former Secretary of State "a champion for the American people." Emanuel will stump for Clinton at a June 5... Read »

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 »

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Quinn to Present Hillary Clinton with State's Highest Award

Quinn to Present Hillary Clinton with State's Highest Award

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to present Hillary Rodham Clinton with an Order of Lincoln medallion, the state's highest honor, on Saturday. Read »

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn's Blago Problem: He Can't Escape the Taint of Corruption

Quinn's Blago Problem: He Can't Escape the Taint of Corruption

It certainly doesn't help Gov. Quinn's campaign that Democratic precedessor, Rod Blagojevich, sits in federal prison outside Denver, serving a 14-year-sentence for corruption. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now. Read »

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Hillary Clinton to Receive Illinois' Highest Award

Hillary Clinton to Receive Illinois' Highest Award

Gov. Pat Quinn's office made the announcement Thursday, saying the honor is considered "the state's highest award." Clinton was raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. Read »

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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 .