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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Joe Biden and Chris Christie, two regular-guy politicians with big mouths and even bigger Oval Office dreams, descended upon Chicago Monday to raise money for the hotly contested Illinois governor race on... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Biden, Christie Stump for Quinn and Rauner

The closely watched race for Illinois governor got a high-profile boost Monday with Vice President Joe Biden fundraising for Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumping for the Chicago Democrat's... Read »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November. Read »

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Joins Disgraced Gen. McChrystal for Navy Seal Fundraiser in Chicago

Rauner Joins Disgraced Gen. McChrystal for Navy Seal Fundraiser in Chicago

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will appear alongside former U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal at the Navy Seal Foundation's upcoming Chicago fundraiser. Read »

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM
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By Marcus Riley

VP Joe Biden Attends Shelter Groundbreaking in Chicago

Biden to appear at groundbreaking for new domestic violence shelter. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Biden To Headline Durbin Fundraiser

Biden To Headline Durbin Fundraiser

Sen. Dick Durbin's re-election campaign gets a boost this month from a big-name guest. Vice President Joe Biden will headline a fundraiser on Nov. 25th for Durbin, Ward Room confirmed. Read »

Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel Commits to Second Term

Emanuel Commits to Second Term

Rahm Emanuel wants a second term as mayor of Chicago. And he's adamant he won't bow out early or eventually seek a higher office. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 7:33 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Biden Says Kelly's Victory Sends Message on Guns

Biden Says Kelly's Victory Sends Message on Guns

Vice President Joe Biden says Robin Kelly's victory is a sign there will be a political price for inaction on guns. Read »

Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Biden to Welcome Kirk Back to Senate: Report

Biden to Welcome Kirk Back to Senate: Report

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, who has spent most of the year recovering from a stroke, will return to the Capitol Hill this week. Read »

Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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By Associated Press

Biden, Obama Heading Back to Battleground Wisconsin

Biden, Obama Heading Back to Battleground Wisconsin

President Barack Obama plans another stop in battleground Wisconsin in the heated last days of the campaign. Obama will campaign in Green Bay on Tuesday, a week before Election Day. The Wisconsin stop is part of... 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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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 .