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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 3:46 PM
Valerie Jarrett Discusses Life In The White House

Valerie Jarrett Discusses Life In The White House

One of President Barack Obama's closest advisers talks to Carol Marin about the stress and joy of working with the most powerful man in the world. Watch »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Quinn and Jarrett Endorse Small Business Saturday

Governor Pat Quinn and Senior Adviser to the President Valerie Jarrett want Illinois residents to support small businesses on Saturday. Read »

Friday, Jun 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM
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By Michelle Relerford

100-Plus Cops Assigned to Wedding: Report

100-Plus Cops Assigned to Wedding: Report

Following two crime-filled weekends in Chicago, up to 200 police officers could provide security for a clout-heavy Saturday wedding. Ahead of another warm weekend, officers were ordered to secure the... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM
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By Marcus Riley

PHOTOS: Equality Illinois Gala

More than 1,000 high-profile guests attended the annual event for the LGBT civil... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 at 3:16 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Blagojevich Angles for Ambassadorship to ... Macedonia?

Blagojevich Angles for Ambassadorship to ... Macedonia?
Getty Images

Blagojevich, realizing he's getting nothing from the Obama administration, lowers his expectations. 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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