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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 »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama heads home to her native Chicago next week for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Forget President Obama. It's Pat Quinn that Illinois Democrats should worry about, say operatives within the party. With Gov. Quinn's approval ratings in the tank -- only House Speaker Mike Madigan is more... Read »

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois' Adam Kinzinger Urges Obama to Deploy Special Forces to Iraq

Illinois' Adam Kinzinger Urges Obama to Deploy Special Forces to Iraq

Illinois congressman Adam Kinzinger says the U.S. should deploy special forces to combat the Islamic insurgency in Iraq. Read »

Monday, Jun 16, 2014 at 5:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Who Should Be Chicago Mayor: Rahm Emanuel or Donald Trump?

Who Should Be Chicago Mayor: Rahm Emanuel or Donald Trump?

We all know the answer to that question, but it felt appropriate to post a headline only slightly less ridiculous than The Donald. Here's a better one: Is Donald Trump the best thing to ever happen to Rahm... Read »

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama to Chicago Donors: 'I Need a Congress That Works'

Obama to Chicago Donors: 'I Need a Congress That Works'

Making the rounds at two Chicago fundraisers Thursday, President Barack Obama urged donors to open their wallets and help get out the vote in order to maintain Democrats' control of the Senate. Read »

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Obama Donates White Sox Jacket to Cooperstown

Obama Donates White Sox Jacket to Cooperstown

Frank Thomas and Luis Aparicio aren't the only people representing the White Sox in baseball's Hall of Fame. Read »

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

VA Scandal: Dick Durbin Vows to Put Eric Shinseki 'On the Spot'

VA Scandal: Dick Durbin Vows to Put Eric Shinseki 'On the Spot'

Hours before attending back-to-back Chicago fundraisers for his re-election campaign, Sen. Dick Durbin was scheduled to meet with Eric Shinseki at his Washington office amid increasingly louder calls for the... Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Angered by Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

Emanuel Angered by Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

While serving as White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel mouthed off to Norway's former ambassador to the United States over the decision to award President Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, The... 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.
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