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Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Aldermen Ask IG to Open Probe Into Red Light Tickets

Aldermen Ask IG to Open Probe Into Red Light Tickets

The alderman are asking for details pertaining to the program and for specific data on the system’s management, standards, revenue and other facts. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report

Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report

Gov. Pat Quinn wrote a personal check for $1,000 to help the family of slain 11-year-old Shamiya Adams pay for her funeral this weekend. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: What Bruce Rauner's Uber Love Means For Illinois

Opinion: What Bruce Rauner's Uber Love Means For Illinois

When Bruce Rauner professed his love for Uber on Tuesday, calling for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a bill that would impose heavy regulations upon the rapidly growing ride-share start-up, his gushing message... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Judge Lets Daley Off the Hook in Park Grill Case

Judge Lets Daley Off the Hook in Park Grill Case

A Cook County judge cut ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley a break on Wednesday, sparing him from having to testify in Chicago's lawsuit to against the owners of the Park Grill eatery at Millennium Park. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:38 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Have Rahm's Tough Choices Failed?

Have Rahm's Tough Choices Failed?

Conventional wisdom says Rahm Emanuel won the 2011 Chicago mayoral election on a promise to fix the city’s chronic budget problems. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Rahm Visits Family of Slain 11-Year-Old Girl

Mayor: "They are in our thoughts and prayers." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as "Reckless"

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as

Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, Paul Vallas, unleashed his inner Rahm Emanuel while slamming Bruce Rauner's newly released tax plan as "totally disingenuous if not totally dishonest." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Suddenly, Rahm’s Millions May Not Be Enough

Opinion: Suddenly, Rahm’s Millions May Not Be Enough

A number of key similarities exist between the 2014 Newark mayoral race and the upcoming Chicago election. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Gets Labor Union Love

Emanuel Gets Labor Union Love

Not every Chicago labor union is coalescing behind prospective mayoral candidate Karen Lewis. When Rahm Emanuel held a press conference to herald the ground-breaking of Wolf Point West Tower -- a 48-story, $160... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Prison Sentencing Reform Could Stem Gun Violence

Prison Sentencing Reform Could Stem Gun Violence

As NBC Chicago previously reported, in devastating detail, at least 40 people were shot over the weekend resulting in four fatalities. The key to curbing the gun-fueled bloodshed in Illinois could be prison... 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 .