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Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 4:57 PM

Rep. Schock Reimbursed Costs For Lavish Decor

Rep. Schock  Reimbursed Costs For Lavish Decor

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records. Read »

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 4:33 PM

Ald. Deb Mell Avoids Runoff by Mere Two Votes

Ald. Deb Mell Avoids Runoff by Mere Two Votes

The notion that every vote counts rang true for Northwest Side Ald. Deb Mell Friday as she avoided a predicted runoff by a mere two votes. Read »

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Gov. Rauner: I'm "Staying Out" of Mayor's Race

Gov. Rauner: I'm

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he's "staying out of" the Chicago mayor's race. Read »

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 4:27 PM

Quinn Delivers First Speech Since Leaving Office

Quinn Delivers First Speech Since Leaving Office

Quinn says consumers should be aware of their protections in the marketplace and have their voice heard. He says more public officials should push for consumer rights. Read »

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Garcia Opposes Using Park Land For Obama Library

Garcia Opposes Using Park Land For Obama Library

Opposition puts another wedge between Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Mayoral Candidates Agree to Three Debates

Mayoral Candidates Agree to Three Debates

The debates include one on March 16, which will be hosted by WMAQ-TV. Read »

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Karen Lewis: I Could Have Won

Karen Lewis: I Could Have Won

Lewis thinks those numbers would have been much different if she had managed to stick with the race. The Chicago Sun-Times asked her if she would have won the election outright on February 24. Read »

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 7:54 AM

Report: Schock Failed to Report London Gifts

Report: Schock Failed to Report London Gifts

Politico report also accuses Schock of failing to report payments he should have made for use of a Maryland golf course for a fundraiser. Read »

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 7:19 PM

Emanuel Ahead of Garcia by 10.6 Percent Heading Into Runoff: Poll

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ahead of Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia by 10.6 percent heading into their April runoff, according to a new poll. Read »

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Jon Stewart Mocks Rep. Schock and His Instagram Account

Jon Stewart Mocks Rep. Schock and His Instagram Account

"The Daily Show" host featured a segment on Illinois Rep. Aaron Shock poking fun at the congressman's Instagram account and his role in the recent controversies surrounding his campaign expenses. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .