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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 9:19 PM

Parents Question CPS After High Lead Levels Found at City School

Parents upset after testing revealed higher than normal lead levels in a Chicago elementary school questioned Chicago Public Schools officials Tuesday on why such testing hadn’t been done sooner. Read »

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Emanuel Proposes City Ordinance to Restore Police Credibility

As Chicago braces for a potentially violent summer, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a new plan aiming to restore credibility to the city’s embattled police department. Read »

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 9:22 AM

High Court Rejects Request to Reconsider Blagojevich Case

High Court Rejects Request to Reconsider Blagojevich Case

The Supreme Court won't reconsider its decision to reject former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption convictions. Read »

Monday, May 23, 2016 at 8:58 PM

Deadline Nears for Lawmakers to Pass State Budget

The clock is ticking in Springfield as state lawmakers only have until the end of the month to pass a budget for this fiscal year. Read »

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Budget Stalemate Erodes Interest in Some Illinois Colleges

Budget Stalemate Erodes Interest in Some Illinois Colleges

High school seniors' unease over the lack of state funding for Illinois universities is contributing to a drop in applications at a number of campuses, and the problem appears to primarily affect scho... Read »

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Emanuel Could Testify on CPD Code of Silence After Judge's Ruling

A Federal judge stuck to his guns Friday, ruling the city cannot just admit that a code of silence exists within the Chicago Police Department -- he wants to hear Mayor Rahm Emanuel describe it for himself. Read »

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:01 AM

CPS Expands Testing After School Shows High Levels of Lead

After launching a pilot program to test lead levels in Chicago Public Schools, the district announced Friday that they would expand testing after lead levels were detected at some schools. Read »

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 6:08 PM
Deep Dish: Looking Back 6 Months Ater McDonald Shooting Video Released

Deep Dish: Looking Back 6 Months Ater McDonald Shooting Video Released

Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin review the week in politics in this week's deep dish. Watch »

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Illinois Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill

Illinois Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill

A plan that would enable Illinois residents to automatically register to vote when they apply for, update or renew a driver’s license or state ID passed out of the Illinois Senate Thursday. Read »

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Ousted Principal Wins Election for Head of Administrators Association

Embattled Chicago Public School principal Troy LaRaviere, who has been charged by the district and reassigned without a school, has won the post as President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators... 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 .