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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 »

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 at 12:23 PM

Illinois Dems Move to Make Obama’s Birthday a State Holiday

Illinois Dems Move to Make Obama’s Birthday a State Holiday

Illinois State Rep. Andre Thapedi proposed legislation this week that would make President Barack Obama’s birthday a state holiday. Read »

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 at 10:24 PM

Gov. Rauner Pushes to Develop Toll Lanes on I-55

Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday that he wants lawmakers to approve a plan that would allow the Illinois Department of Transportation to use a public-private partnership to add lanes to a busy stretch of... Read »

Friday, Feb 5, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Rauner Creates New Private Economic Agency

Rauner Creates New Private Economic Agency

Gov. Bruce Rauner established the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation Wednesday, a privately run and funded corporation dedicated to bringing new business to the state. Read »

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Aldermen Look to Improve City's Mental Health Services

Aldermen Look to Improve City's Mental Health Services

A group of Chicago aldermen announced a plan to bolster the city’s mental health system Wednesday. Read »

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 at 9:01 PM

Report: CTU Garners Triple the Support of Emanuel

Report: CTU Garners Triple the Support of Emanuel

Chicagoans support the Chicago Teacher’s Union three times more than Mayor Rahm Emanuel on how to improve the city’s ailing public school system, according to a Chicago Tribune report released Thursday. Read »

Friday, Feb 5, 2016 at 7:04 AM

Thousands Rally Downtown Thursday for Chicago Teachers Union

At least 16 people were arrested as Chicago teachers held a rally downtown Thursday against proposed Chicago Public Schools layoffs and millions of dollars in budget cuts. Read »

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 at 4:05 PM

Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Week 2

Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Week 2

This is the second edition of the Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up, a weekly posting dedicated to keeping voters informed about the state and county's upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 at 8:15 PM

State Comptroller: Illinois Will Fall $6.2B in Debt

State Comptroller: Illinois Will Fall $6.2B in Debt

In the wake of the state’s budget impasse, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger predicts overspending of $6.2 billion during the fiscal year that began last July. Read »

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 at 6:50 AM

Turmoil Between CTU, CPS Persists at House of Delegates Meeting

On Wednesday night, one teacher from each Chicago public school met with union leadership during the House of Delegates meeting. 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 .