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Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 8:55 PM
Chicago Lawmakers Support Declaration of Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis

Chicago Lawmakers Support Declaration of Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis

City lawmakers and health officials are joining in the call to lift a ban on researching gun violence after the American Medical Association declared it a public health crisis. Regina Waldroup reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 8:58 AM
Gov. Rauner Says He Will Run Again

Gov. Rauner Says He Will Run Again

With no state budget in place and the new fiscal year just 10 days away, Gov. Bruce Rauner is pushing for a stopgap spending bill, but Democrats are not budging. NBC 5’s political reporter Mary Ann Ahern sat... Watch »

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 12:43 AM

Pfleger: Illinois Should Declare a State of Emergency

Pfleger: Illinois Should Declare a State of Emergency

Father Michael Pfleger, the outspoken pastor at St. Sabina’s church in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, called on the State of Illinois to declare a State of Emergency during an appearance at the City Club of... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 6:09 AM

Ex-Speaker Hastert to Report to Prison This Week

Ex-Speaker Hastert to Report to Prison This Week

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is enjoying his last 48 hours of freedom. Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Rauner Calls for Lawmakers to Return to Springfield

In an unusual one-on-one interview as part of the latest media blitz by Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Republican governor said he is trying to convince lawmakers to return to Springfield to pass a stop gap budget just... Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Rideshare Ordinance Modified Ahead of City Council Vote

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, looking for a compromise, proposed and received an agreement to postpone City Council's vote this week on stricter rules for companies including Uber and Lyft. Read »

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Clintons to Attend Chicago Fundraisers: Report

Clintons to Attend Chicago Fundraisers: Report

Bill Clinton is scheduled to attend a Chicago fundraiser for his wife’s campaign Friday, while Hillary will be in town next Monday for a pair of events. Read »

Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 at 5:29 PM

Rauner Cancels Juneteenth Event Amid Criticism

Rauner Cancels Juneteenth Event Amid Criticism

Gov. Bruce Rauner cancelled a Juneteenth celebration he was set to host at the DuSable Museum of African American History Monday after facing criticism from leaders in the African-American community.... Read »

Friday, Jun 17, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Uber, Lyft Threaten to Leave Chicago Over Proposed Rules

Uber and Lyft are threatening to leave Chicago if a rideshare ordinance that was unanimously approved Friday by a joint City Council committee passes the full council next week. Read »

Friday, Jun 17, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Durbin: 'I Hope We Have the Guts' for Gun Reform

Durbin: 'I Hope We Have the Guts' for Gun Reform

Sen. Dick Durbin urged fellow lawmakers to pass gun safety reform during a news conference at the Chicago Urban League Friday. 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 .