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Friday, Mar 27, 2015 at 11:53 PM

A Look Back: Emanuel, Garcia Have Long Histories in Politics

Imagine Rahm Emanuel as a young political operative. Then picture Jesus Garcia as a novice candidate. If it is true that a picture tells a thousand words, then the video accompanying this story is a “must read”... Read »

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 at 8:52 PM

Garcia to Emanuel in Debate: 'You Are Not The King'

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's challenger blasted the former White House chief of staff Thursday, accusing him of neglecting the city's neighborhoods and saying he's facing an unprecedented runoff election because... Read »

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Rep. Duckworth to Announce 2016 Senate Bid: Report

Rep. Duckworth to Announce 2016 Senate Bid: Report

Rep. Tammy Duckworth will reportedly announce a 2016 Senate bid next week. Read »

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 at 2:22 PM

Conservative Money in City Council Race Sparks Controversy

Conservative Money in City Council Race Sparks Controversy

41 ward council woman Mary O'Connor says that her runoff challenger Anthony Napolitano should give back campaign contributions made by conservative groups. Napolitano tells us why he won't. Read »

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Where Does Harry Reid's Departure Leave Sen. Durbin?

Where Does Harry Reid's Departure Leave Sen. Durbin?

Sen. Harry Reid's retirement announcement brings with it questions about whether Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is interested in the minority leader role. Read »

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 at 6:24 PM

Rauner Signs Compromise Plan to Fix Budget Hole

The $35.7 billion budget lawmakers passed last spring that didn't allocate enough money for expenses, creating the $1.6 billion gap. Read »

Friday, Mar 27, 2015 at 6:32 AM

Jackson Jr. Begins Term at Halfway House

Former Illinois congressman arrived Thursday night at a Baltimore facility called "Volunteers of America." Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 8:04 PM

Emanuel, Garcia Debate in Race For Chicago Mayor

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia are meeting Thursday for the second of three televised debates before next month's mayoral election. Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 5:03 PM

What Does High Early Vote Turnout Mean for Chicago's Election?

What Does High Early Vote Turnout Mean for Chicago's Election?

This week Chicago voters have turned out to vote early in record numbers. We spoke with experts and both campaigns to try and determine which mayoral candidate will benefit most from it. The answer? 'It... Read »

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Karen Lewis Lunches With Chuy Garcia

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis met mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for lunch Thursday, just weeks before Chicago voters decide who will be the next mayor of Chicago. 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 .