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Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM

Chicago Plans Celebration Events Following Gay Marriage Ruling

Chicago on Friday will join cities across the country to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Read »

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 5:52 PM

'Momentous Victory': Illinois Pols React to SCOTUS Ruling

Illinois politicians on Friday lauded the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling to make gay marriage legal nationwide. Read »

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 9:22 PM

Rauner Vetoes Illinois Budget, Citing $4B Deficit

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed the bulk of the Illinois budget that the Democratic-controlled Legislature sent him. Read »

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM

CTU: Talks With CPS Have Fallen Apart

CTU: Talks With CPS Have Fallen Apart

"We have not reached an agreement," union head Karen Lewis said. "CPS refuses to budge." Read »

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Madigan Schedules House Hearing on "Rauner Shutdown"

Madigan Schedules House Hearing on "Rauner Shutdown"

House Speaker Michael Madigan scheduled a meeting with the full House of Representatives to discuss the "Rauner shutdown" on June 30, proving he is ready to fight the governor on a budget plan till the end. Read »

Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 at 5:57 PM

School Board OKs $1.135 Billion in New Borrowing

The Chicago Board of Education voted in favor of plans to borrow more than $1 billion to help the cash-strapped school district immediately and in the coming budget year. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Rauner Signs Bill to Keep Schools Open, Funded

Rauner Signs Bill to Keep Schools Open, Funded

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Wednesday allowing funds to flow to the state's schools, ensuring they remain open and teachers are paid this fall. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Emanuel Faults State Government for CPS Pension Problem

In his second appearance on "Chicago Tonight" since he was re-elected in April, Mayor Rahm Emanuel carefully placed a good chunk of blame for Chicago Public Schools' financial crisis on the state of Illinois. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Rauner Blames Madigan for Defeat of CPS Pension Bill

The battle continues in Springfield between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan as a last-ditch measure to help Chicago Public Schools make a full payment to the teachers' pension fund failed in... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 at 4:21 PM

"Tele-Schooling" Bill Could Mean End of Snow Days

"Tele-Schooling" Bill Could Mean End of Snow Days

As lawmakers in Springfield fight to create a new budget and decide what to do — if anything — about Chicago Public Schools' financial crisis, another bill sits on Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk that could drastically... 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 .