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Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn, Rauner Showcase 'Everyday Lifestyles'

The battle for governor in Illinois continued Friday as both Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner took on new challenges. Read »

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Pulls a Romney In Minimum Wage Confession

While Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn subsists on minimum wage in what some view as an election-cycle PR stunt, his Republican rival Bruce Rauner's past statements on the issue continue to haunt the Winnetka venture... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Eats $2 Breakfast for Minimum Wage Challenge

Quinn Eats $2 Breakfast for Minimum Wage Challenge

Illinois governor is trying to live on $79 this week. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn: Eating Crackers on Minimum Wage Challenge

Quinn: Eating Crackers on Minimum Wage Challenge

Gov. Pat Quinn says his experience trying to live on the minimum wage for a week has meant graham crackers for dinner. Read »

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn to Live on Minimum Wage for Week

Quinn to Live on Minimum Wage for Week

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is hoping to show first-hand what it's like to live on the state's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM
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By Associated Press

Rahm Introduces Minimum Wage Ordinance

Rahm Introduces Minimum Wage Ordinance

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour. Read »

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM
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By associated press

Quinn Agrees to Live on Minimum Wage for a Week

Quinn Agrees to Live on Minimum Wage for a Week

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Lauren Petty

Some Workers Say $13 Minimum Wage Isn't Enough

While they certainly won't look a gift horse in the mouth, there were some on Tuesday looking at a panel's recommendation to raise Chicago's minimum wage by more than $4 an hour with a bit of disappointment. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chicago Can Send a Message by Raising Minimum Wage

Opinion: Chicago Can Send a Message by Raising Minimum Wage

Raising the minimum wage in Chicago can send a clear message about the city's—and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s—priorities. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Panel Recommends $13 Minimum Wage in Chicago

Minimum Wage Working Group says wages would increase earnings for about 410,000 people and inject nearly $800 million into the Chicago economy. 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 .