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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

What Emanuel Did on His 'Tonight Show' Trip to New York

Turns out Mayor Rahm Emanuel had quite a busy day in New York City on Tuesday. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm, Fallon Make New Deal on "Tonight"

Chicago Public School kids have some work to do this summer if Jimmy Fallon is going to bring "The Tonight Show" to our city. Read »

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm Schedules "Tonight Show" Appearance

After telling Jimmy Fallon he would appear on “The Tonight Show” if the late-night talk show host took part in Chicago’s Polar Plunge, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has finally set a date. Read »

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 2:37 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Emanuel on Polar Plunge: 'There's No Way To Prepare'

Rahm Emanuel's Polar Plunge strategy is pretty straightforward. "I'm not staying very long," the Chicago mayor said Friday. "This is not where I'm doing my lap swimming as I did this morning. In. Out. Dry off." Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Hey, Chicago Politicians—Want to Get Close to Rahm? Take the Plunge

Hey, Chicago Politicians—Want to Get Close to Rahm? Take the Plunge

In Chicago, a few minutes with the Mayor--even in freezing Lake Michigan--is a rare commodity. Read »

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM
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By BJ Lutz

"#SwimmyFallon" Confirms He'll Do Polar Plunge

The new "Tonight Show" host confirmed via Twitter on Monday morning that he'd join Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Sunday's Polar Plunge -- the annual dip into Lake Michigan that benefits the Special Olympics. Read »

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Fallon May Do Polar Plunge in Chicago With Rahm

Fallon May Do Polar Plunge in Chicago With Rahm

In a one-on-one interview Thursday, Chicago's mayor said he'd spoken to the new "Tonight Show" host by phone about doing the Chicago Polar Plunge on March 2. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Rahm Accepts "Tonight Show" Invitation With Caveat

Rahm Accepts

In making the media rounds last month to promote his incarnation of the program, new host Jimmy Fallon said the mayor has an open invitation to make a guest appearance -- or more. Read »

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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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Authors
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 .