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Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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By Edward McClelland

"Medium Cool" Director Makes Film on NATO Protests

"Medium Cool" Director Makes Film on NATO Protests

Haskell Wexler has just released the trailer for "Four Days In Chicago" Read »

Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Mag Names City's Most Powerful People

Chicago’s got the power.
Or at least it has some powerful people according to Chicago’s Power 100 by Chicagomag.com. Read »

Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM
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By Phil Rogers

NATO Overtime Cost Chicago More Than $18 Million

NATO Overtime Cost Chicago More Than $18 Million

Police overtime for the summit topped $14 million. Another $2.7 million went to overtime for the Chicago Fire Department. Over $600,000 was billed by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

NATO Price Tag: $27.5 Million

NATO Price Tag: $27.5 Million

City left with a surplus following privated donations, federal government contributions. Read »

Friday, Jun 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Price Tag for Police OT During NATO: $15M

Price Tag for Police OT During NATO: $15M

Details of what it cost the city of Chicago to host last month's NATO Summit are slowly trickling out this week. Read »

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 12:47 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Emanuel Announces Hundreds of New Jobs

Emanuel Announces Hundreds of New Jobs

Mayor says Huron Consulting Group has committed to adding 400 to 600 jobs to its Chicago headquarters office over the next three years. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM
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By BJ Lutz

McCarthy, CPD Honored for NATO Work

McCarthy, CPD Honored for NATO Work

Cook County commissions compared police Supt. Garry McCarthy to John Wayne and George Washington for the image of him standing by his troops during clashes with protesters. Read »

Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 2:31 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm Wants Super Bowl In Chicago

Rahm Emanuel and Roger Goodell discussed the possibility of bringing the Super Bowl to Soldier Field. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 7:42 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Donors Pick Up NATO Parking Tab

Donors Pick Up NATO Parking Tab

Private donors will foot the bill for the hefty parking bill sent to the city after the NATO summit. Read »

Friday, May 25, 2012 at 3:50 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Police Fight For NATO Summit Compensation

Police Fight For NATO Summit Compensation

The city may be praising Chicago police for a job well done after the NATO Summit, but the thank you stops there. 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 .