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Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM
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By Associated Press and Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Marks March on Washington

Chicago Marks March on Washington

Dozens of Chicagoans gathered Saturday at DuSable of African American History to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Read »

Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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By Associated Press

Free Chicago Youth Basketball Clinics Extended

Free Chicago Youth Basketball Clinics Extended

Nike and the city of Chicago are extending a series of free basketball clinics held in neighborhood parks this summer. Read »

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Meeting the Mayor Leads Chicago Teen to Dream Internship

It was a chance meeting earlier this spring with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 18-year-old Martell Cowan… a meeting that lead to Cowan landing an internship at Chicago’s City Hall. Read »

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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By Marcus Riley & Michelle Relerford
      

First Lady Lauds Chicago Career-Training Program

First Lady Michelle Obama returned home for some United Center concert fun before shining a light on youth empowerment as the city deals with gangs and violence. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM
      

City Council Passes Assault Weapons Ban

New law stiffens penalties for possession of high-capacity weapons. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

WWLDN: What Will Lisa Do Now?

WWLDN: What Will Lisa Do Now?

After the long slow tease of more than one year, which certainly helped her campaign coffers, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she will run for re-election. But that doesn’t keep political junkies from... Read »

Thursday, Jul 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Protesters Hold Holiday 'Block Party' Outside Emanuel's Home

This Fourth of July block party wasn't your typical red, white and blue celebration. Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 8:15 PM
Rahm Welcomes Bulls Training Facility To West Side

Rahm Welcomes Bulls Training Facility To West Side

Mayor says new facility will help to revitalize the area. Watch »

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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By Associated Press
      

Emanuel, Nike Announce Chicago Basketball Clinics

The city of Chicago is teaming with Nike to offer free basketball clinics and a safe place for kids to play this summer. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 7:29 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel Releases Tax Returns, Earns $400K

Emanuel Releases Tax Returns, Earns $400K

Mayor Rahm Emanuel released his tax returns for the first time as mayor Tuesday and reported earning more than $409,000 in 2012 from his city salary and income from investments. 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 .