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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 »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant

Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent -- 'Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring "Simpsons" character -- delivered an especially batty Twitter rant... 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 »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rick Perry Is Not Coming to Town After All

Rick Perry Is Not Coming to Town After All

After so much hype on his end, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has scrapped plans to visit Chicago this week as part of a grandstanding mission to persuade Illinois businesses to relocate to the Lone Star State. Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama's Half-Sister Could Sway Presidential Library to Hawaii

Obama's Half-Sister Could Sway Presidential Library to Hawaii

An update on the Obama library front: the president's Hawaii-based half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, has just been appointed to the board of his foundation in a move that could potentially dash Chicago's hopes of... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Blago Could Get Out of Prison Early Pending Appeals Ruling

Blago Could Get Out of Prison Early Pending Appeals Ruling

Disgraced ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich could be released early from his 14-year federal prison sentence for acts of felony corruption that included an attempt to sell Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate... Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are taking different perspectives on how (or how not) to respond to the bloody civil battle ravaging Iraq. 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 »

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Mark Kirk, Marco Rubio Urge U.S. to Suspend Aid to Palestine

Mark Kirk, Marco Rubio Urge U.S. to Suspend Aid to Palestine

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois is joining forces with Republican colleague Marco Rubio to urge the Obama Administration to suspend aid to Palestine. 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 .