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Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM
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By angela Delli Santi

Blagojevich Prosecutor to Lead NJ Scandal Inquiry

Blagojevich Prosecutor to Lead NJ Scandal Inquiry

The federal prosecutor who helped convict former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of corruption was tapped Wednesday to investigate the apparent political payback scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's... Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Attorneys Argue Blagojevich Appeal in Court

To quote her husband's favorite singer, Patti Blagojevich suggests it’s going to be a blue Christmas. Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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By Associated Press

Patti Blagojevich Attends Husband's Appeal Hearing

The wife of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is attending a Chicago hearing to hear oral arguments in her husband's appeal. Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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By Michael Tarm/ Phil Rogers

Judges Hear Arguments in Blagojevich Appeal

Judges Hear Arguments in Blagojevich Appeal

Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will on Friday get what will likely be his last chance to win his freedom as a three-judge federal panel hears oral arguments in his appeal. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Lawyers Outline Case for Blagojevich Appeal

Lawyers Outline Case for Blagojevich Appeal

Declaring that the evidence presented at his trial was insufficient to support a conviction, lawyers representing convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich laid out their case one final time Monday... Read »

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 »

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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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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 .