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Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Mass. Governor Makes Good on Stanley Cup Bet

Deval Patrick volunteers at Chicago Food Depository. Read »

Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 2:29 PM
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By James Neveau

Quinn Declares Friday 'Chicago Blackhawks Day'

Elected officials always love to get on board the winning team's bandwagon, and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn did that Friday, declaring it "Chicago Blackhawks Day." Read »

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 11:47 PM
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By The Associated Press

Mass. Governor to Make Good on Stanley Cup Wager

Mass. Governor to Make Good on Stanley Cup Wager

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn won his friendly wager with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick when the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: What If NATO Protesters Had Behaved Like Blackhawks Fans?

They would have gotten their asses kicked, for embarrassing the mayor. Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rahm Congratulates Blackhawks

Rahm Congratulates Blackhawks

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was quick with kind words Monday night after the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins to bring the Stanley Cup back to the Windy City for the second time in four years. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Obama Avoids Hockey Trash Talk In Boston

Obama Avoids Hockey Trash Talk In Boston

President smartly stays away from subject while stumping for Massachusetts candidate. Read »

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm Wins Bet Against LA Mayor as Hawks End Series

Rahm Wins Bet Against LA Mayor as Hawks End Series

It seems Emanuel wasn't just at the Hawks game to watch his team win, he was also there to watch as he won a mayoral bet. Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Emanuel Bets on Hawks, Challenges LA Mayor

Emanuel Bets on Hawks, Challenges LA Mayor

Looks like Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a beef with the Mayor of Los Angeles. Emanuel placed a wager on the Chicago Blackhawks this weekend, offering the Mayor Atoniono Villaraigosa some Chicago home favorites,... 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 .