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Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Rauner Expresses Concerns About State Officials in Op-Ed

Rauner Expresses Concerns About State Officials in Op-Ed

Gov. Bruce Rauner took aim at “old guard” state officials Thursday in an op-ed in which he writes that Illinois’ problem with insiders controlling state government “is worse than I ever imagined.” Read »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 8:07 PM

In Chicago, Clinton Promotes Improved Childcare

Hillary Clinton's appearance at an SEIU event was in the midst of three fundraisers in 24 hours. Read »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Michelle Obama Packs a Punch With 5 Workout Tips

Five years after launching her Let’s Move campaign to fight childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama released a short video on Twitter with five tips for healthier living. Read »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2:31 PM

McCarthy: "Mistakes" Were Made in Ferguson

McCarthy: "Mistakes" Were Made in Ferguson

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Wednesday told members of the City Club of Chicago that “enormous mistakes” were made in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 following the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael... Read »

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Rahm Says Video of Sleeping Cop 'There For All to See'

A Chicago police officer could face disciplinary action after a video surfaced on social media showing the officer sleeping in a parked squad car. Read »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 5:25 PM
Moody's Addresses City Club of Chicago

Moody's Addresses City Club of Chicago

A discussion about the city's finances brought a full house to the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:07 PM

Sheriff Dart Names Psychologist to Run Cook County Jail

"No longer can we view jails and prisons as places that happen to house mentally ill inmates," Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said. Read »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 5:42 PM

Judge Allows Union-Fee Suit to Proceed Without Rauner

Judge Allows Union-Fee Suit to Proceed Without Rauner

A federal judge has allowed Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit over union fees paid by non-union workers to proceed — without the governor. Read »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:38 PM

Ill. House Passes Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy

Ill. House Passes Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy

There was no debate on the measure before it was OK'd 68-43. The bill -- HB217 -- now goes to the Senate for approval. Read »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 3:27 PM

This Time Around, a New Day for Rahm Instead of Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces many of the same issues he faced four years ago, but this time around it seems possible Chicago will see a bigger change in the mayor than in the city. 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 .