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Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

The progressive group that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is shifting its focus to Chicago ahead of a mayoral race that could see Rahm Emanuel battling union leader-activist Karen Lewis. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Stopping short of an official endorsement, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush says encourages Karen Lewis to challenge Rahm Emanuel in Chicago's upcoming mayoral election. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM
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By AP, Ward Room Staff

Chicago Wins $1M From Bloomberg Innovation Contest

Chicago Wins $1M From Bloomberg Innovation Contest

The city of Chicago has won $1 million in a contest created by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Senator Introduces Amendment to Overturn "Citizens United"

Senator Introduces Amendment to Overturn

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduces a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court decision that made it possible for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to spend $2 million on... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Bloomberg Wins 2nd District Primary

Opinion: Bloomberg Wins 2nd District Primary

The 2nd District election was a victory for unlimited money in politics, not gun control. The next billionaire to buy an election won't be so liberal. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Bloomberg Doubles Down on Gun Ads

Bloomberg Doubles Down on Gun Ads

Bloomberg told reporters Tuesday that illegal handguns are a "scourge" on society and said the country needs sensible gun laws. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: The Mayor Chooses A Congresswoman

Opinion: The Mayor Chooses A Congresswoman

Except it's the mayor of New York, not the mayor of Chicago. Read »

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Emanuel Not Fulfilling His Promises

Emanuel Not Fulfilling His Promises

Analysis finds promise to cut payrolls by 10 percent not fulfilled in mayor's own office. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 1:54 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Emanuel Aims to Streamline Building Permits

The mayor said he's bringing permitting into the 21st century. 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 .