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Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 8:34 AM

Duckworth Says She's Considering Senate Run

Duckworth Says She's Considering Senate Run

The 46-year-old from Hoffman Estates is an Iraq War veteran who just won her second term in office. Read »

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 5:42 PM
Rauner, Emanuel: A New-Found Bipartisan Partnership?

Rauner, Emanuel: A New-Found Bipartisan Partnership?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner have shared the stage 3 times in the short time Rauner has taken office. NBC 5's political reporter Mary Ann Ahern reports on the appearance of partnership. Watch »

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Rauner, Rahm Team Up for MLK Day

Governor Bruce Rauner spent his first week in office in Springfield, but made his way back to Chicago this week for Martin Luther King Day where he participated in service projects alongside Chicago Mayor... Read »

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 10:17 AM

Rep. Duckworth Invites College Student to State of Union Address

Illinois congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has invited Illinois community college student Homira Wardak to be her guest at the State of the Union address on Tuesday to show her support for the president's recent... Read »

Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 9:25 AM

Rauner to Sign Order Aimed at Helping Veterans, Minorities

Rauner to Sign Order Aimed at Helping Veterans, Minorities

Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to sign an executive order intended to empower veterans and minorities on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read »

Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 2:13 PM

Sierra Club Endorses Rahm Emanuel for Re-Election

Sierra Club Endorses Rahm Emanuel for Re-Election

The Chicago chapter of the environmental organization endorsed Rahm Emanual at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on Sunday, touting his "Sustainable Chicago" plan. Read »

Friday, Jan 16, 2015 at 5:12 PM

Rauner Rescinds Quinn's Executive Orders

Rauner Rescinds Quinn's Executive Orders

Rauner signed executive order 15-11 and rescinded a number of executive orders signed by Pat Quinn during his final weeks in office. Read »

Friday, Jan 16, 2015 at 4:22 PM

Red Light Camera Opponents Call For Clarity From Chuy

Red Light Camera Opponents Call For Clarity From Chuy

If he’s elected mayor, does Jesus “Chuy” Garcia want to abolish the city’s controversial red light program or not? Read »

Friday, Jan 16, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Illinois Congressional Delegation's Millionare Club Members Revealed

Illinois Congressional Delegation's Millionare Club Members Revealed

Six of Illinois' seats in the U.S. House and Senate are filled by members of the millionaire's club, representing about a third of the state's delegation in D.C., a new report from the Center for Responsive... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Opinion: Pair of Longtime Aldermen Face Ethics Questions Before Election Day

Opinion: Pair of Longtime Aldermen Face Ethics Questions Before Election Day

Two veteran Chicago City Council members are facing questions over potential ethics violations in the run up to the February 24th city-wide elections. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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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 .