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Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Reaction to Chicago Violence Isn’t ‘Hysteria’

Opinion: Reaction to Chicago Violence Isn’t ‘Hysteria’

Two small details in recent NBC Chicago stories on violence in Chicago paint a picture of how Chicago’s ongoing crime problem is viewed differently depending on what side of City Hall you're on. Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Photos: Illinois' Corrupt Politicians

The state, Cook County and its governmental seat, Chicago, have a long history of... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

BGA Says Quinn Maintained Blago Political Hiring Program

BGA Says Quinn Maintained Blago Political Hiring Program

The Illinois Executive Inspector General has been looking into potentially politically motivated hiring practices in the governors office since last year. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Roland Burris's Tombstone Boo-Boo

Roland Burris's Tombstone Boo-Boo

Burris School of Politics Lesson One: wait until your career is over before carving your tombstone. Some other African-American might beat you to the Senate. Read »

Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: GOP's "I Love The '80s"

Opinion: GOP's

Margaret Thatcher's death reminds us that conservatism's heyday is 30 years in the past. Maybe that will finally get through to Republicans, who have an incurable case of '80s nostalgia. Read »

Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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By Edward McClelland

LBJ Planned To Fly To Chicago To Seize 1968 Nomination

LBJ Planned To Fly To Chicago To Seize 1968 Nomination

After the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Lyndon Johnson plotted to snatch the nomination back from Hubert Humphrey -- with Richard J. Daley's assistance. Read »

Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Politics of the Oscars

The Politics of the Oscars

With Lincoln up for 12 nominations, we look at how political movies have fared at the Oscars. Read »

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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By Saba Hamid

Charles E. Meier

Charles E. Meier

Charles Meier is the Republican Party Candidate for Illinois State Representative in the 108th District Read »

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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By Saba Hamid

Daniel D. Polites

Daniel D. Polites

Polites is the Democratic Party Candidate for Illinois State Representative in the 108th District Read »

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 9:45 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama's Chicago HQ Won't Change Course

Obama's Chicago HQ Won't Change Course

"We never anticipated winning battleground states by 10 points and can't imagine winning a ton of them by 5 points," said Ben LaBolt, Obama's campaign spokesman told the Associate Press on Tuesday. "Our task is... 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 .