The legislative and political season looms -- and so do the figures who hold sway in those arenas. Trib Nation talked with political reporter Rick Pearson about the cast of politicians assembled in Illinois' on-going political drama...
Q: What makes Illinois so politically unique?
A: Illinois has traditionally awarded more power to already established power. We don't have term limits. Until recently, we didn't have limits on campaign donations. And, despite talk about transparency, the network of the well-connected continues to flourish.
Q: Who are some of the key players in 2013, and what makes them important?
Q: How does the Tribune cover Illinois politics and government?
A: Monique Garcia at the Thompson Center is our front line state government reporter in Chicago, shadowing Gov.
Q: What interests you about covering Illinois government and politics?