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Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: How Rahm Failed on Obama High School

Opinion: How Rahm Failed on Obama High School

The Obama College Prep blow-up speaks to Emanuel's shaky standing within Chicago's black community—a crucial voter segment for the incumbent Democrat—and reaction to the decision to remove the president from the... Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who was in the minority of senators voting against the Iraq War 12 years ago, says he he had "no choice" but to support President Obama's... Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

New CPS High School Will Not be Named After Obama

New CPS High School Will Not be Named After Obama

Officials scrap plans to name school after Obama due to "questions and concerns from the community." Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Chicago Will Win the Obama Library

Why Chicago Will Win the Obama Library

As we prophesied, Chicago stands atop President Barack Obama's shortlist as a location to host his highly coveted library and museum. The president's foundation, whittling down the field of contenders to... Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

South Chicago suburbs Park Forest and Chicago Heights have renamed two area schools in tribute to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Read »

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Ditka Filmed That Rauner Commercial

Why Ditka Filmed That Rauner Commercial

The legendary Chicago Bears coach is as beloved as he is ubiquitous here in the Windy City, where the 74-year-old sports icon and ESPN radio host hawks all sorts of national and local brands—raking in an... Read »

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 1:23 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Slams White House for Immigration Delay

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Slams White House for Immigration Delay

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez warns that President Barack Obama's immigration indecision might have political consequences for state Democrats seeking re-election this November. Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Beside recruiting President Barack Obama's former adviser David Plouffe to lead its policy branch, Uber has brought on a small army of lobbyists to tackle political issues on the state level—and here in... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Are the Obamas Moving to California?

Are the Obamas Moving to California?

President Obama and First Lady Michelle are the buyers of a $4.25 million home in California's Rancho Mirage, according to reports. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Wants Place in Palm Springs: Report

Michelle Obama Wants Place in Palm Springs: Report

Forget the breathless speculation over which city will host Barack Obama's much-coveted presidential library and museum. We all know Chicago's the frontrunner. The bigger mystery: Will the president and first... 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 .