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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

With all the buzz about Karen Lewis possibly running for Chicago mayor, it's sometimes easy to overlook 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti—another vocal critic of Rahm Emanuel—as he too considers whether to throw his... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council

Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election super PAC is targeting 53 alderman candidates with a questionnaire designed to weed out pro-Rahm supporters from potential foes. The Sun-Times reports that Chicago... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Last week we analyzed the demographics of those following Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner on Twitter. The results were fascinating. This Wednesday, we turn our attention from... Read »

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Bruce Rauner Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Bruce Rauner Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Bruce Rauner jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon this weekend. Read »

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Stops Dropping Rahm's Name in Public

Karen Lewis Stops Dropping Rahm's Name in Public

Karen Lewis is getting serious about running for mayor. At an event in Little Village last night, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union boss did not directly mention Rahm Emanuel by name -- another sign that she's... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Staff Report

Karen Lewis' Mayoral Committee Files With Board of Elections

Karen Lewis is one step closer to entering the race for Chicago mayor. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Karen Lewis Lays Groundwork for Possible Mayoral Run

CTU president says she's filed financial paperwork, plans to circulate petitions, but hasn't made an official decision. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Slams Rahm's 'Meaningless' Firefighter Jobs Plan in Sun-Times Op-Ed

Karen Lewis Slams Rahm's 'Meaningless' Firefighter Jobs Plan in Sun-Times Op-Ed

Chicago Teachers Union boss and human megaphone Karen Lewis is attacking Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the pages of the Sun-Times, dismissing his new initiative to give CPS grads a leg up in city firefighter jobs as an... Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Pegs Low Approval Rating on 'Economic Stress'

Emanuel Pegs Low Approval Rating on 'Economic Stress'

It's not me -- it's the economy, says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, responding to a bleak Chicago Tribune report on his downward spiraling job approval rating. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

When your approval rating starts off a campaign at 35 percent or lower, you have to be seen by at least some voters and political observers as the underdog. 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 .