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Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Stopping short of an official endorsement, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush says encourages Karen Lewis to challenge Rahm Emanuel in Chicago's upcoming mayoral election. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Watch Out, Karen. The Knives Will be Long and Sharp.

Opinion: Watch Out, Karen. The Knives Will be Long and Sharp.

A Lewis campaign would be at the center of a number of political issues and dynamics currently running loose in this country. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Beating Rahm Will Take More Than Good Poll Numbers

Opinion: Beating Rahm Will Take More Than Good Poll Numbers

There’s no doubt Mr. Emanuel needs to find some kind of silver lining concerning his re-election chances today. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Poll Says Karen Lewis Could Be Strong Mayoral Contender

Looks like Mayor Rahm Emanuel may want to take Karen Lewis seriously. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM
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By Erin Carlson

CTU Boss Endorses The Hulk Over Superman

CTU Boss Endorses The Hulk Over Superman

Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis might be cagey about plans to run for mayor, but she has a lot to say on a debate that divides many a comic book geek. Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 7:57 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Karen Lewis Discusses Possible Mayoral Run

Chicago Teacher's Union president expects to make decision by August. Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Karen Lewis 'Seriously' Considering Mayoral Run

Sources tell NBC 5 Karen Lewis is “seriously looking” at a run for mayor. She has met with election attorneys and is expected to make a final decision in August. Read »

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 »

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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 .