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3 hours ago

Mayoral Candidates React to First Quarter Crime Stats

Stats show homicides and shootings were up in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year. Read »

5 hours ago

Opinion: How WTTW Lost the Mayoral Debate

Opinion: How WTTW Lost the Mayoral Debate

It is always difficult to know for certain who "won" a debate. The day after the final head-to-head forum between mayoral candidates Rahm Emanuel and Jesus "Chuy Garcia, Elias Cepeda believes the clear loser was... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 7:08 PM

Like Schock, 'Honest Abe' Questioned About Expenditures

While news cycles have shortened since 1848, some of the scandals of the modern era are actually rather familiar. Read »

6 hours ago

New Poll Results Show African-American Voters Favor Emanuel

New Poll Results Show African-American Voters Favor Emanuel

WVON and the Chicago Defender conducted a poll with more than 1,000 registered African-American voters, who appeared to favor Rahm Emanuel over Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in the runoff election. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 at 9:58 AM

Who Gets Your Vote For Mayor?

Who Gets Your Vote For Mayor?

Various polls have Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia with different levels of support. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 at 6:34 AM

CPD Releases Crime Stats for First Quarter of 2015

Crime statistics released early Wednesday by the Chicago Police Department show a troubling trend for some crimes. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 8:51 PM

Violence Wanes, But Fear Looms Over Mayor's Race

Violence Wanes, But Fear Looms Over Mayor's Race

A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Special Election Date Set For Schock's Seat

Special Election Date Set For Schock's Seat

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday scheduled a special election for this summer to fill the vacancy caused by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation, but he acknowledged the date likely would be pushed back to... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 9:34 PM

Final Debate for Emanuel and Garcia a Heated One

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his challenger in next week's runoff election, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, engaged in their final debate before voters head to polls. The two men clashed Tuesday... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 at 1:08 PM

How Accurate Are Mayoral Polls?

How Accurate Are Mayoral Polls?

According to poll results from the last several weeks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is headed for a victory on April 7. But how much stock should we put in the polls? 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 .