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Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM
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By Associated Press

Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's Violence

Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's Violence

Members of Illinois' congressional delegation plan to speak on the floor of the House of Representative about gun violence in Chicago. Read »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

Rep. Robin Kelly Issues Gun Violence Report

In the wake of another violent Chicago weekend that left nearly 30 people wounded. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) issued a report called for tougher gun laws across the country. Read »

Friday, Jun 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Dick Durbin Bashes Karl Rove at Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Opinion: Dick Durbin Bashes Karl Rove at Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Chicago has Hillary Clinton fever -- at least for the month of June. The first of a series of Hillary-centric, early-summer events kicked off here Thursday night with two back-to-back fundraisers for the beloved... Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Nothing brings political frenemies together like a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Headlined by Chicago Mayor and longtime Clintonite Rahm Emanuel, the "Ready for Hillary" funders happening here tonight are expected... Read »

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 4:28 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois Lawmakers Play Hooky for Softball Game

Illinois Lawmakers Play Hooky for Softball Game

It's a beautiful day for a ballgame -- especially for Illinois lawmakers cutting out of work early. Read »

Sunday, Jan 5, 2014 at 9:27 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Lawmakers Pursue National Park Status for Pullman

Lawmakers Pursue National Park Status for Pullman

Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are taking the next step to establish a national park in Chicago's historic Pullman neighborhood. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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By Emily Florez and Alexandria Fisher

Officials: Chicago Area Won't Feel Short-Term Shutdown

The Chicago area may not feel the effects of a short-term federal government shutdown, but if the bitter battle lasts a few weeks, many will be forced to take notice, officials said. Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Robin Kelly Sworn Into Congress

The newly elected replacement for Jesse Jackson Jr. officially will be sworn into Congress Thursday. Robin Kelly easily won the special election to replace Jackson in Illinois' second congressional district,... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 7:43 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Who Won, Lost and Didn't Show Up On Election Day

Star-studded races headlined Election Day in Illinois, starring a couple of Bears connections and a race to replace disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Here's a recap of the wins and losses. 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 .