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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 »

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Ticket Quotas

Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Ticket Quotas

The bill also states that officers would not be evaluated based on the number of citations they give. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Voting Day: 2014 Illinois Primaries

Illinoisans -- including the candidates running for public office -- hit the... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 5:46 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Live Blog: Primary Election Day in Illinois

Live Blog: Primary Election Day in Illinois

Illinois voters head to the polling places Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates in a number of offices. Read »

Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM
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By maryAnn Ahern

GOP Candidates Make Final Pitch

Republican candidates running for governor spent the last day before the primary election traveling around Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Get To Know GOP Candidates For Governor

Get To Know GOP Candidates For Governor

Watch the candidates' introductory statements and get to know the main issues in the race before the March 18 primary election. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM
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By associated press

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Play it Safe In Final TV Debate

Candidates get final digs in before Tuesday's primary election. MaryAnn Ahern reports. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Final TV Debate Today for GOP Gov Hopefuls

Final TV Debate Today for GOP Gov Hopefuls

Thursday's forum is hosted by Chicago's WTTW-TV. Read »

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

As the primaries get closer, make sure you're familiar with the most contentious and important races. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Dillard: 'I Will Be Able to Tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel No'

Dubbed one of the most powerful men in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t the easiest man to say no to. 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 .