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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 9:21 PM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

Rahm Emanuel's Election Night Watch Party

Election night watch party for Rahm Emanuel See Full Gallery »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Takes Out $21 Million to Pay For Daley's Dormant Olympic Site

Rahm Takes Out $21 Million to Pay For Daley's Dormant Olympic Site

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is borrowing $21 million-plus to pay for a dormant swath of land earmarked by former boss Richard M. Daley as extra space to host Olympics facilities, the Trib reports. Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinoisans on Forbes' List of Richest in U.S.

Illinoisans on Forbes' List of Richest in U.S.

Forbes has released its annual ranking of the 400 richest people in America, and Chicago hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin—who's donated millions to Illinois' GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner—jumps ahead 14 spots... Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner Plays the Harold Washington Card; Rahm Slams Lewis' Pitch to Legalize Pot

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner Plays the Harold Washington Card; Rahm Slams Lewis' Pitch to Legalize Pot

Still want to run for governor, Bruce? The successful private equity exec-turned-GOP political candidate is learning the hard way that the campaign trail can be unforgiving—especially for a rookie. Enter the... Read »

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:49 AM
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Rahm, Lewis Disagree on Legalizing Pot

Rahm, Lewis Disagree on Legalizing Pot

Mayor says he's not in favor of full legalization of marijuana. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mellows on Decriminalizing Pot: 'I'm Open to the Discussion'

Rauner Mellows on Decriminalizing Pot: 'I'm Open to the Discussion'

Since Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the case Tuesday for decriminalizing pot possession statewide, Illinois' Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner is seeming to mellow from a harder stance that has... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Hey, Pundits – Stop Predicting Chicago’s Mayoral Race

Opinion: Hey, Pundits – Stop Predicting Chicago’s Mayoral Race

More than five months out from Election Day, a number of political operatives and media types are already working to craft a narrative that doesn't square with some basic facts. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bobby Rush: African-Americans Should Get '35 to 40 Percent' of CTA's 95th Street Construction Jobs

Bobby Rush: African-Americans Should Get '35 to 40 Percent' of CTA's 95th Street Construction Jobs

Illinois congressman Bobby Rush, a Democrat whose district encompasses a portion of Chicago's South Side, is giving the Chicago Transit Authority until Friday to make a decision on his request that African-Amer... Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Mayor Race: Fioretti Accepts Responsibility for His Law Firms' Legal Trouble

Chicago Mayor Race: Fioretti Accepts Responsibility for His Law Firms' Legal Trouble

Chicago mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti is defending his track record of financial competence amid reports that the 2nd Ward alderman and his law firms have been the target of lawsuits over allegedly delinquent... Read »

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 »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .