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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Jun 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Durbin Seeks To Freeze Student Loan Rates

Durbin Seeks To Freeze Student Loan Rates

Student loan rates set to double on July 1. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By michelle relerford, phil rogers
      

Illinois Senators Target Gangster Disciples Gang

Bipartisan pair believe plan could involved up to 18,000 arrests. Read »

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Durbin Discusses Violence With Chicago Students

Durbin Discusses Violence With Chicago Students

Senator visits Urban Academy Friday to discuss solutions with male students at high-performing school. Watch »

Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Sources: Lightfoot Out of Running for U.S. Attorney

Sources: Lightfoot Out of Running for U.S. Attorney

As the list of candidates to replace former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald dwindles, sources report that Lori Lightfoot is out of running, leaving Zachary Fardon as the likely nominee from the White House. 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 .