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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Supreme Court to Hear $10B Phillip Morris Appeal

Supreme Court to Hear $10B Phillip Morris Appeal

Last year, an appellate court reinstated a 2003 local verdict that Phillip Morris broke state law by marketing "light" and "low-tar" cigarettes as safer than others. Read »

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6:25 PM
Emanuel Speech Focuses on Kids, Violence

Emanuel Speech Focuses on Kids, Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speech at his second inauguration comes after a weekend that saw nearly 50 shootings. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 4:17 PM

Pfleger Blames Budget Cuts for Rise in Violence

After a particularly bloody weekend in Chicago, Fr. Michael Pfleger pointed to Gov. Bruce Rauner's declared budget cuts as a future obstacle in stemming the violence. Read »

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Another Daley Takes His Place on Chicago's City Council

Another Daley Takes His Place on Chicago's City Council

Patrick Daley Thompson, a 45-year-old lawyer, was sworn in as alderman Monday to represent the city's 11th Ward, the very neighborhood on Chicago's South Side where Mayor Richard J. Daley rose to power and held... Read »

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Rahm Insults Crowd Member at Inauguration

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel started off his inauguration speech Monday with some laughter, and a slight jab at an enthusiastic audience member. Read »

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Obama Joins Twitter, Follows Chicago Sports Teams

Obama Joins Twitter, Follows Chicago Sports Teams

President Barack Obama finally has entered the Twittersphere on his own terms. Read »

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Efforts Underway to Raise $8.8M for Governor's Mansion

Efforts Underway to Raise $8.8M for Governor's Mansion

Efforts will start this week in Springfield to raise private money to pay for a needed $8.8 million in renovations and repairs to the 160-year-old Illinois Executive Mansion. Read »

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Rahm to Chicagoans: 'You Must Do Your Part, Too'

In a scaled-back inauguration ceremony for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 50 city aldermen and citywide elected officials Monday, the mayor spoke on a similar platform to the one he campaigned on four years ago. But... Read »

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Bill Clinton to Attend Inauguration for Rahm

Bill Clinton to Attend Inauguration for Rahm

Former President Bill Clinton plans to attend Mayor Rahm Emanuel's inauguration ceremony Monday in Chicago. Read »

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 3:33 PM

Rahm Raises Stakes in Hockey Bet With Anaheim Mayor

Rahm Raises Stakes in Hockey Bet With Anaheim Mayor

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has upped his friendly bet with his counterpart in Anaheim, Calif., on the outcome of the NHL's Western Conference finals. 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 .