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Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Violence in Chicago: "What Is Rahm Emanuel Going to Do About This?"

Violence in Chicago:

Late Friday afternoon, in broad daylight, 51-year-old South Sider Charles Short was gunned down on the street and pronounced dead at the scene, with bullet wounds to his head and chest. When Norine Taylor... Read »

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8:37 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Refused Access to "Chicagoland" Producers

Karen Lewis Refused Access to

Karen Lewis is one of those personalities that pops on camera: she's fiery, funny and opinionated, especially when ranting about her nemesis, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But the Chicago Teachers Union leader,... Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel: 'Thank God the Election Is Not Today'

Rahm Emanuel: 'Thank God the Election Is Not Today'

While City Hall bristles internally from Rahm Emanuel's snowball effect of bad press, Chicago's Mayor is projecting a toned-down self-awareness in public. Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

CTU Boss: "I Have No Shame Around" Weight-Loss Surgery

CTU Boss:

Chicago Teachers Union leader Karen Lewis says she has lost 50 pounds since undergoing weight loss surgery in March. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he'll continue to make the difficult (and unpopular) choices needed to improve Chicago, declaring: "I didn't say change would be easy." Read »

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis: Bozo the Clown Could Beat Emanuel in Mayor's Race

Karen Lewis: Bozo the Clown Could Beat Emanuel in Mayor's Race

Should Karen Lewis rule out a run for Mayor of Chicago, she could easily qualify for Heckler-in-Chief. The Chicago Teachers Union firebrand and Rahm Emanuel archnemesis gleefully needled the mayor at a recent... Read »

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union president and scourge of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says she would consider extending an olive branch to City Hall and negotiating a compromise on member pensions. Read »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Toni Preckwinkle Dodges Chicago Mayoral Run Question

Toni Preckwinkle Dodges Chicago Mayoral Run Question

Is she or isn't she? With Chicago's mayoral election less than a year away, inquiring minds want to know whether Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will throw her hat in the ring. Read »

Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Rahm Makes CNN Play by His "Chicagoland" Rules

Opinion: Rahm Makes CNN Play by His

When CNN set out to film the docu-series "Chicagoland," producers desperately pushed for access to Chicago's made-for-television celebrity mayor. The cable news network, struggling in the ratings, doubtless... Read »

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

CTU Seeks to Tip Balance With New Political Org

CTU Seeks to Tip Balance With New Political Org

Union to create organization geared towards building a more concrete political infrastructure, finding candidates and actions around its objectives. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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 .