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Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Quinn Asks for Federal Aid for 15 Counties

Quinn Asks for Federal Aid for 15 Counties

The request includes Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will and Woodford counties. If granted, it would allow people and... Read »

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rahm, Obama Slow Out of the Gate with Tornado Responses

Rahm, Obama Slow Out of the Gate with Tornado Responses

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared seven Illinois counties as disaster areas after massive storms killed six people. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 6:08 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn: 13 Counties Are Disaster Areas

Quinn: 13 Counties Are Disaster Areas

The designations aim to make it easier for state resources to help hard-hit communities. 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 .