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Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Beside recruiting President Barack Obama's former adviser David Plouffe to lead its policy branch, Uber has brought on a small army of lobbyists to tackle political issues on the state level—and here in... Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Timothy Cullerton Retirement Ends Family's 38th Ward Dominance

Timothy Cullerton Retirement Ends Family's 38th Ward Dominance

It's the end of an era. After a reign stretching back decades, the Cullerton clan -- one of Chicago's oldest and most powerful political families -- has loosened its grip on the 38th Ward. On Wednesday, Ald.... Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 6:15 AM
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By The Associated Press

Cullerton Son Charged With Sexual Battery

Cullerton Son Charged With Sexual Battery

Carroll Cullerton, son of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, allegedly groped a woman in a bar. Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

The Hinsdale Republican is set to become chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. Read »

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Madigan's Lincoln Library Bill: Dead In the Water?

Madigan's Lincoln Library Bill: Dead In the Water?

Michael Madigan's last-minute bid to turn the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum into a separate state agency is apparently going nowhere. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Toni Preckwinkle 'Optimistic' About Cook County Pension Deal

Toni Preckwinkle 'Optimistic' About Cook County Pension Deal

A spokesperson for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she's "still optimistic" about getting a pension deal passed in Springfield this month, Crain's Chicago Business reports. Read »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Bruce Rauner Caught Fibbing About Springfield Meetings

Opinion: Bruce Rauner Caught Fibbing About Springfield Meetings

Bruce Rauner, running for Illinois governor on the Republican ticket, wants to show his ability to play nice with Democrats -- but he might have spoken too quickly when mentioning meetings that never happened. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Debate over President Barack Obama's presidential library and museum is getting hotter by the millisecond -- or so it seems -- as Illinois politicians, media pundits and the voting public weigh in on whether... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 6:23 AM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Senate Eyes Tax on Sugary Drinks

Illinois Senate Eyes Tax on Sugary Drinks

The legislation, sponsored by Chicago Democratic Sen. Mattie Hunter, would impose a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

It’s an age-old adage: How you frame a political debate goes a long way to determining whether or not you’re likely to win. 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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Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .