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Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 9:43 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Daley on Being Chicago's Mayor: 'Best Job in America'

Richard Daley still calls his former job as Chicago mayor “the best job in America.” Since leaving city hall, Daley has stayed out of the spotlight and has waved off most interview requests. Nearly a year after... Read »

Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 at 9:42 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Richard Daley Looks Back on Wife's Death

Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley knows it'll soon be a year since his wife passed away from breast cancer but said he still looks to her as a source of strength. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Rahm Names New Park After Maggie Daley

Rahm Names New Park After Maggie Daley

A new downtown park will be named in honor of Chicago's late former first lady Maggie Daley, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Saturday morning. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 at 8:32 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

City Council Honors Maggie Daley

During its first meeting of the year, the Chicago City Council formally remembered the late Maggie Daley. Though a permanent memorial for Chicago's former first lady has yet to be seen, city council on Wednesday... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:43 AM
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By Lisa Balde

City Removing 2 Workers from After School Matters

City Removing 2 Workers from After School Matters

Two city employees working for After School Matters will be removed from the Maggie Daley-founded charity in early 2012, according to a city statement. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel Mulls Maggie Daley Tribute Options

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that he's working with the Daley family on an appropriate tribute for Maggie Daley, who was laid to rest a day earlier. Read »

Monday, Nov 28, 2011 at 2:56 PM
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By Phil Rogers, Carol Marin, Mary Ann Ahern

A Chicago Farewell to Maggie Daley

Mrs. Daley's contributions to Chicago education and the arts were felt far and wide in the attendance of hundreds of Chicagoans and dignitaries to her funeral at Old St. Pat's Church. Among those spotted in the... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 6:47 AM
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By Michael Kaplan

Photos: Maggie Daley's Funeral

Mourners gathered at Old St. Pat's to remember Chicago's former first lady one... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Michelle Obama, Bidens Attend Daley Funeral

Michelle Obama, Bidens Attend Daley Funeral

Chicago's role in the national political scene will be evident when several dignitaries come to town for Maggie Daley's funeral. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Charlie Wojciechowski

Memorial Planned for Maggie Daley

Memorial Planned for Maggie Daley

Funeral arrangements have been set for Chicago's former first lady Maggie Daley, her family confirmed Friday. A wake will be held Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., and the funeral will... 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 .