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Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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By mary ann ahern

Dems Could Seek New Blood For Governor's Race

NBC 5 has learned that some Democratic insiders not satisfied with Gov. Pat Quinn are reaching out to others, including former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.... Read »

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Berrios Family Owes Us $529,000

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios's family benefited from the political hiring and firing that is costing the county $529,000. Read »

Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 6:32 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Pride Parade a Who's Who in Illinois Politics

Pride Parade a Who's Who in Illinois Politics

From Toni Preckwinkle flinging beads to shirtless men dancing on Sheriff Tom Dart's float, the politicians who made the biggest impressions at the Gay Pride Parade. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Preckwinkle Finds An Issue In School Closings

If Cook County School Board President Toni Preckwinkle decides to run for mayor, she can continue her criticism of Rahm Emanuel on school closings. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Cook County president tells Sun-Times that too many schools are marked for closure. Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM
Crash Victim's Brother Sues Cook County Sheriff's Department

Crash Victim's Brother Sues Cook County Sheriff's Department

Brian McCann joins with Judicial Watch organization seeking to overturn Cook County ordinance that doesn't require law enforcement to contact immigration officials when a suspected illegal illegal immigrants. Watch »

Monday, Apr 1, 2013 at 8:26 AM
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By Lisa Balde

New $25 Gun Tax Begins In Cook County

New $25 Gun Tax Begins In Cook County

Buying a gun in Cook County officially became more expensive this week. A new $25 tax on every gun purchased in the county took effect Monday as part of County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's plan to pay for... Read »

Friday, Mar 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Run, Toni, Run!

Opinion: Run, Toni, Run!

Why Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle should run for mayor. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Why Elites Don't Think CPS Is Important To City's Future

Opinion: Why Elites Don't Think CPS Is Important To City's Future

The people who run Chicago weren't educated in the public schools, and don't expect them to produce the global citizens who keep the city competitive. So why spend money there? Read »

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Toni At 25

Toni At 25

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talks to WBEZ about what she was doing as a young woman. 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 .