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Rauner to Suburban Leaders: State Should Try ‘to Be Average’

Rauner to Suburban Leaders: State Should Try ‘to Be Average’

During a town hall meeting with businesses and community leaders in Wheeling, Gov. Bruce Rauner discussed Illinois’ dire economic situation and stressed the need for the state to try “to be average.” Read »

2 hours ago

Illinoisans Support Candidates in NH Primary

Illinoisans Support Candidates in NH Primary

Prior to polls opening for the New Hampshire primary election, a handful of Illinoisans traveled to the state to volunteer for candidates John Kasich and Hilary Clinton. Read »

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 at 10:54 PM
New Hampshire Rallies Packed Ahead of Primary

New Hampshire Rallies Packed Ahead of Primary

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are expected to win the New Hampshire Primary -- but it may be much closer than the polls are showing. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Rauner Rejects Expansion of State's Medical Marijuana Program

Rauner Rejects Expansion of State's Medical Marijuana Program

Governor Rauner continued to stifle the state’s medical marijuana pilot program last week after he failed to add a variety of conditions to the list of diseases that can legally be treated by the drug. Read »

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 at 5:12 PM

Emanuel Announces O'Hare Gate Expansion

Emanuel Announces O'Hare Gate Expansion

The mayor’s office announced a deal Sunday to add five new American Airlines gates to O’Hare International Airport. Read »

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Aldermen Halt Emanuel’s Plan to Raise Smoking Age

Aldermen Halt Emanuel’s Plan to Raise Smoking Age

A group of Chicago aldermen recently shot down Mayor Emanuel’s plan to increase the city’s smoking age from 18 to 21 and add a $6 million tax on all types of tobacco. Read »

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 at 10:23 PM

Alvarez Battles Opponents During Editorial Board Endorsement Sessions

Alvarez Battles Opponents During Editorial Board Endorsement Sessions

Embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez defended her tenure during a Chicago Tribune Editorial Board endorsement session Thursday. Read »

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Rep. Dunkin’s Primary Opponent Receives High-Profile Endorsements

Rep. Dunkin’s Primary Opponent Receives High-Profile Endorsements

Julianna Stratton held a news conference Thursday to announce a host of powerful endorsements as she moves forward with her bid to unseat state Rep. Ken Dunkin, her opponent in the March 15 Democratic primary... Read »

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Public Can't Attend Obama's Speech at Illinois House

Public Can't Attend Obama's Speech at Illinois House

A spokesman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says the public will not be able to attend when President Barack Obama delivers a speech in the Illinois House chamber on Wednesday. Read »

Friday, Feb 5, 2016 at 7:41 PM
Deep Dish: Springfield's Upcoming Presidential Visit

Deep Dish: Springfield's Upcoming Presidential Visit

NBC 5's political reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have the latest behind-the-scenes political scoop including President Obama's upcoming trip to Springfield and the faux pas Donald Trump made when he... Watch »

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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 .