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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Spirit Airlines Ad Pokes Fun at Rob Ford

Spirit Airlines Ad Pokes Fun at Rob Ford

The low-cost air carrier that twice parodied Rod Blagojevich in ad campaigns is poking fun at the recent admissions of a certain Toronto mayor. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 7:20 AM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Prosecutors Request More Time To Respond To Blago Appeal

Federal prosecutors in Chicago have asked for more time to file their response to former governor Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his conviction and 14 year sentence. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Prosecutors Urge Court to Reject Blago's Appeal

Prosecutors Urge Court to Reject Blago's Appeal

In a document filed with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals minutes before a court-imposed midnight deadline, Federal Prosecutors cited their opposition to former Governor Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his... Read »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Carothers’ Story Shows Almost Anything Can Be Forgiven in Chicago Politics

Carothers’ Story Shows Almost Anything Can Be Forgiven in Chicago Politics

In almost any other city, Carothers’ attempt to seek political office would be seen as an example of almost unbelievable hubris. Read »

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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By Associated Press

Jackson, Blagojevich Figure Pleads Guilty

Jackson, Blagojevich Figure Pleads Guilty

Raghuveer Nayak will plead guilty in a medical fraud case. Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Junior's Light Sentence Proves He's Not Very Important

Junior's Light Sentence Proves He's Not Very Important

To get a long corruption sentence in the Northern District of Illinois, you have to be a big fish -- like a governor. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Blago Brother Rips Jackson Sentence

Blago Brother Rips Jackson Sentence

The brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says there's a serious disparity in the sentence his brother received and the prison time lobbed against Jesse Jackson Jr. on Wednesday afternoon. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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By Michael Tarm, The Associated Press

Blagojevich-Linked Figure Sentenced to 27 Months

Blagojevich-Linked Figure Sentenced to 27 Months

A building contractor who says a seductive but unsavory world of the rich and the powerful in Illinois led him astray was sentenced Wednesday to a more than two-year prison term, a last piece of unfinished... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: How To Stop Nepotism In Chicago Politics

Opinion: How To Stop Nepotism In Chicago Politics

A few modest proposals for preventing the passage of power from one generation to the next. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Blagojevich Lawyers Appeal Corruption Conviction, Sentence

Blagojevich Lawyers Appeal Corruption Conviction, Sentence

Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich filed an appeal late Monday challenging the imprisoned former Illinois governor's corruption conviction and stiff, 14-year prison term. 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 .