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Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Emanuel: Let's Get Wrigley Renovation Deal Done

There may be no taxpayer subsidy but the Ricketts family is asking for an easing of certain restrictions on signs and night games Read »

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Papa Cub vs. Debra Winger's Ex

Papa Cub vs. Debra Winger's Ex

In his home state of Nebraska, crusty right-wing billionaire Joe Ricketts pays for ads against former senator -- and current Senate candidate -- Bob Kerrey, who is also Debra Winger's former boyfriend. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Ricketts Family's Anti-Obama Movie

The Ricketts Family's Anti-Obama Movie

If Wrigley Field had a Jumbotron, it could screen "2016: Obama's America" between now and the election. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Ricketts Publishes Pro-Tax Book

Joe Ricketts Publishes Pro-Tax Book

The right wing billionaire's group, Ending Spending, has published a book by a pair of University of Southern California professors that favors higher taxes. Read »

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 8:09 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: The Re-Cub-licans

Opinion: The Re-Cub-licans

The Ricketts children need to sit down with their conservative father and tell him he's damaging the Cubs brand with his outspoken criticism of Barack Obama. Read »

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Cubs Brass Scramble to Avoid Emanuel's Ire

Cubs Brass Scramble to Avoid Emanuel's Ire

Tom Ricketts has been negotiating with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel -- who is a big supporter of Obama's -- to help fund a ball park renovation. Emanuel is reportedly livid about the SuperPac plan. Read »

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Cubs Owner Wants To Tie Obama To Rev. Wright

Cubs Owner Wants To Tie Obama To Rev. Wright

Joe Ricketts, angry right-wing billionaire and patriarch of the family that owns the Cubs, is hatching a $10 million plan to attack the president's character by tying him to Rev. Jeremiah Wright. 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 .