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Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 5:37 PM
Deep Dish: President Obama Jokes About Time in Springfield

Deep Dish: President Obama Jokes About Time in Springfield

In this week's edition of Deep Dish, Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin take a look at President Barack Obama's historic visit to Springfield. Watch »

Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 5:49 PM

Sanders Gets Most Facebook Likes in Ill.: Report

Sanders Gets Most Facebook Likes in Ill.: Report

If the race for president was decided by the number of Facebook likes candidates have garnered from each state, it appears Bernie Sanders would win the race in Illinois. Read »

Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Lawmakers Court Federal Agency for Ill. Campus

Lawmakers Court Federal Agency for Ill. Campus

Illinois congressmen, including US Sens. Dirk Durbin and Mark Kirk, wrote a letter to National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo this week lobbying him to select a downstate site as the... Read »

Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 4:37 PM

Durbin Clashes with John McCain Over Use of Russian Rocket Engines

Durbin Clashes with John McCain Over Use of Russian Rocket Engines

This week, US Sens. Dick Durbin and John McCain debated the funding of Russian-built rocket engines that the US uses to power national security satellites. Read »

Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Clinton to Hold Fundraising Event in Chicago Next Week

Clinton to Hold Fundraising Event in Chicago Next Week

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will travel to Chicago next week to hold a get-out-the-vote rally and a fundraising event in the lead up to Illinois’ March 15... Read »

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 10:48 PM
Clinton and Sanders Spar in Milwaukee

Clinton and Sanders Spar in Milwaukee

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met Thursday night for their first post-New Hampshire primary debate. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports Watch »

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 7:02 PM

Ward Room's Race to Watch: Illinois Senate

Ward Room's Race to Watch: Illinois Senate

Race to Watch is a weekly Ward Room column dedicated to helping voters familiarize themselves with candidates in the lead-up to the March 15 primary elections. This week’s focus on the US Senate seat. Read »

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Rauner: Republicans Winning State's Budget Dispute

Rauner: Republicans Winning State's Budget Dispute

Gov. Bruce Rauner focused on taxes and his Turnaround Agenda during a Wednesday night speech in Tuscola. Read »

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Lawmakers Urge EPA to Review Regulations for Lead in Water

Lawmakers Urge EPA to Review Regulations for Lead in Water

Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Tammy Duckworth asked the Environmental Protection Agency Monday to evaluate the effectiveness of regulations controlling the amount of lead and copper in water and to create a new... Read »

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 8:26 PM

Attack Ad Skewers Rep. Dunkin Over Ties to Rauner, Rahm

Attack Ad Skewers Rep. Dunkin Over Ties to Rauner, Rahm

In an ad that debuted Wednesday, Rep. Ken Dunkin was criticized for allegedly colluding with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel and acting against the interests of his constituents. 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 .