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Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:49 AM
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Rahm, Lewis Disagree on Legalizing Pot

Rahm, Lewis Disagree on Legalizing Pot

Mayor says he's not in favor of full legalization of marijuana. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Karen Lewis Still Mum on Mayoral Run

CTU president criticizes Rahm, begins collecting signatures for possible run. 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 »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Rahm Beats Karen Lewis in Latest Mayoral Poll

Rahm Beats Karen Lewis in Latest Mayoral Poll

Poll shows Rahm beating potential opponent Karen Lewis by 12 points in mayoral race. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Rahm Visits Family of Slain 11-Year-Old Girl

Mayor: "They are in our thoughts and prayers." Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Construction Begins on Wolf Point West

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand to Friday to help break ground on a new 48-story, $160 million development. 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 »

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 5:33 PM
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By Tatiana Walk-Morris

Chicago to Host Architecture Biennial

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city will host the first Chicago Architecture Biennial Oct. 1, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm, Fallon Make New Deal on "Tonight"

Chicago Public School kids have some work to do this summer if Jimmy Fallon is going to bring "The Tonight Show" to our city. Read »

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CPS Principal Speaks Out Against Emanuel Administration

Some Chicago Public School principals say they are living in fear of retribution from City Hall for publicly voicing their opinions. 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 .