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Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's political allies are applauding his pact with the Fraternal Order of Police union to reportedly get Chicago law enforcement officers an 11 percent raise as well as retroactive pay. Not among... 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, Sep 3, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Repays City $14,623 for Taxpayer-Funded Trips

Emanuel Repays City $14,623 for Taxpayer-Funded Trips

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel confirmed Wednesday that he repaid the city $14,623 in costs from taxpayer-funded business trips. "Over the last three years, we had a series of trips and we've done the things... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Karen Lewis Still Mum on Mayoral Run

CTU president criticizes Rahm, begins collecting signatures for possible run. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Taking Emanuel’s Money Could Have Political Costs

Opinion: Taking Emanuel’s Money Could Have Political Costs

Aldermanic candidates could potentially suffer at the polls if it comes out they're being supported by an increasingly unpopular mayor. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

Ald. Bob Fioretti Crowd-Sources Possible Mayoral Run

With all the buzz about Karen Lewis possibly running for Chicago mayor, it's sometimes easy to overlook 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti—another vocal critic of Rahm Emanuel—as he too considers whether to throw his... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council

Pro-Rahm Super PAC Schemes to Add More Allies in City Council

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election super PAC is targeting 53 alderman candidates with a questionnaire designed to weed out pro-Rahm supporters from potential foes. The Sun-Times reports that Chicago... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Earmarks $10M for "Safe Passage"

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday announced the state is earmarking $10 million for Chicago Public Schools' "Safe Passage" program that aims to make kids' school routes more secure. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Last week we analyzed the demographics of those following Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner on Twitter. The results were fascinating. This Wednesday, we turn our attention from... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Vetoes Uber Bill In a Win for Ride-Share Companies

Quinn Vetoes Uber Bill In a Win for Ride-Share Companies

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill targeting Uber and other ride-share companies with stiff state-wide regulations including mandatory commercial issurance and chaffeur's licenses for drivers. 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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Authors
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 .