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Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 9:47 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm Responds To Newspaper's Harsh Criticism

Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded with humor Wednesday to a Chicago Tribune article that labeled him as a "walking personality disorder." Read »

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By mary ann ahern

Ald. Fioretti Cranks Up Rahm Criticism

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), a vocal critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, offered his most stinging criticism yet at a speech Monday at the City Club of Chicago. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By associated press

Property Tax Increase Removed From Pension Bill

Property Tax Increase Removed From Pension Bill

Language imposing a property tax hike for Chicagoans has been removed from legislation overhauling two city pension funds. Read »

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Gov. Quinn Opposes Soldier Field Expansion

Gov. Quinn Opposes Soldier Field Expansion

Dreams of Chicago hosting a Super Bowl are getting bleaker by the day. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern

Rahm Says Soldier Field Expansion Needs to 'Make Sense'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cautioning people not to get ahead of themselves when it comes to the expansion of Soldier Field. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Rahm Explores Adding 5,000 Seats to Soldier Field

Rahm Explores Adding 5,000 Seats to Soldier Field

Snagging a ticket to a Bears game could get a little easier in the future. Read »

Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at 9:22 PM

City Council Snuffs Out Rahm's E-Cig Ban

City Council Snuffs Out Rahm's E-Cig Ban

Chicagoans will be able to continue using electronic cigarettes in public places after some suprise opposition on the City Council Monday. Read »

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM
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By Marcus Riley

VP Joe Biden Attends Shelter Groundbreaking in Chicago

Biden to appear at groundbreaking for new domestic violence shelter. Read »

Sunday, Nov 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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By

Chicago Could Add E-Cigarettes to City Smoking Ban

Chicago Could Add E-Cigarettes to City Smoking Ban

Users of electronic cigarettes could soon find themselves subject to Chicago's smoking ban. Read »

Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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By John O'Connor

Ill. Prison Guards Made $62M in OT Last Year

Ill. Prison Guards Made $62M in OT Last Year

Overtime pay for Illinois' prison guards reportedly jumped 34 percent last year as the state grappled with its overcrowded penal system and Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to close some facilities. 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 .