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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Not All Illinois Republicans Are Thrilled with Bruce Rauner

Not All Illinois Republicans Are Thrilled with Bruce Rauner

If it turns out Bruce Rauner finds loses a tight race, social conservative voters who feel left out in the cold today might end up making a bigger difference than anyone thought. Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM
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By Erin Carlson

POLL: 25 Percent of Republicans Don't Like the GOP

POLL: 25 Percent of Republicans Don't Like the GOP

A new Associated Press poll reveals that 25 percent of Republicans and 13 percent of Democrats dislike their own party. But despite negative attitudes, most voters do align themselves with one of the two... Read »

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Illinois Senate Republican Leader's Daughter Dies

Illinois Senate Republican Leader's Daughter Dies

Lisa Radogno, 31, died from massive pulmonary embolism. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Dillard: 'I Will Be Able to Tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel No'

Dubbed one of the most powerful men in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t the easiest man to say no to. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Even at $6 Million, Rauner Has a Way To Go To Break Real Record

Even at $6 Million, Rauner Has a Way To Go To Break Real Record

Did you know that in 2010, former eBay founder Meg Whitman spent $144 million of her own money in a failed bid to become governor of California? Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rivals Rip Rauner in Republican Debate

He is the only non-elected official of the four republicans running for governor and first-time candidate and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is leading the polls, the only one currently with enough money to run... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 3:06 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Truax Struggles to Gain Momentum Against Oberweis

Truax Struggles to Gain Momentum Against Oberweis

If there is one thing you can say about the candidates running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, it’s probably this: name recognition counts for something. Read »

Friday, Jan 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rutherford Beefs Up Campaign Staff

Rutherford Beefs Up Campaign Staff

The moves come in the wake of news that of the four Republican primary candidates, Rutherford is increasingly positioned to challenge wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner in the fundraising department. Read »

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Republican Rivals Pile On Rauner

Republican Rivals Pile On Rauner

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is discovering what it means to be a front runner: you have a target on your back. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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Hardiman Tops Quinn on Governor's Ballot

Hardiman Tops Quinn on Governor's Ballot

The Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn will be listed second on the Democratic side behind Tio Hardiman. 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 .