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Friday, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:19 PM
Governor Rauner Tours Tornado Damage in Pontiac

Governor Rauner Tours Tornado Damage in Pontiac

Governor Rauner went to Pontiac, Illinois, on Friday to survey the damage of a dangerous EF-2 tornado that tore through the town Wednesday night. Watch »

Friday, Jun 24, 2016 at 7:56 PM
Deep Dish: Mayor Emanuel Talks Fancy Footwork

Deep Dish: Mayor Emanuel Talks Fancy Footwork

Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin report on the week's biggest political stories. Watch »

Friday, Jun 24, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Duckworth Settles Workplace Retaliation Lawsuit

Duckworth Settles Workplace Retaliation Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed against Rep. Tammy Duckworth was settled Friday, just over a month before the case, stemming from her time as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, was set to go to... Read »

Friday, Jun 24, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Emanuel Short on Details During Deposition About Cops: Report

Emanuel Short on Details During Deposition About Cops: Report

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was deposed Friday as part of a lawsuit filed by eight Chicago police officers who claim they were dropped from the mayor’s security detail for political reasons after he took office in 2011. Read »

Friday, Jun 24, 2016 at 8:51 PM

Illinois Lawmakers Push Bipartisan Gun Control Compromise

A group of Illinois House Democrats came out Friday in support of bipartisan legislation to reduce gun violence. Read »

Friday, Jun 24, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Lucas Museum Withdraws From Chicago

The head of the Chicago Park District says demands from a group suing to block "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas from building his museum on Chicago's lakefront are "outrageous." Read »

Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Rauner Won't Agree to Budget Deal With CPS 'Bailout'

With time running out before the July 1 deadline to pass a budget, the Illinois House and Senate will return to Springfield next week, with a vote likely to take place on a stop-gap measure to pay the... Read »

Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 at 6:31 PM

Quinn Urges Emanuel to Sign Term-Limit Petition: Report

Quinn Urges Emanuel to Sign Term-Limit Petition: Report

Former Gov. Pat Quinn urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to sign a petition Wednesday that looks to impose term limits on the mayor, the Chicago Tribune reports. Read »

Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 at 6:32 PM

New Kirk Ad Distances Senator from GOP, Trump

New Kirk Ad Distances Senator from GOP, Trump

Sen. Mark Kirk's campaign released a new TV advertisement Thursday that frames the senator as “bipartisan” and “independent" on a series of issues. Read »

Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Illinois Democrats Join House Sit-In for Gun Control

Illinois Democrats Join House Sit-In for Gun Control

Illinois Democrats joined a protest in the chamber of the House of Representatives Wednesday to demand a vote on gun control measures. Read »

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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 .