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Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Chicagoans Polled on Obama Library Site: AP

Chicagoans Polled on Obama Library Site: AP

Two Chicago schools and one each in New York and Honolulu are in the running for the library and presidential museum. Read »

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 7:25 AM

Feds: Don't Delay Ex- Rep's Child Porn Sentencing

Keith Farnham pleaded guilty to child pornography charges last December and faces 20 years in prison. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 10:57 PM

Rauner to Benefit From Budget Cuts With $750K Tax Break

Rauner to Benefit From Budget Cuts With $750K Tax Break

Gov. Bruce Rauner will be one of the few benefiting from the massive budget cuts he laid out last week – to the tune of a personal $750,000 tax break each year following his recent decision to halt Illinois’... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:35 PM

Emanuel, Garcia Look Ahead to April Runoff

The result of yesterday's election is historic, and while the last few ballots were counted Wednesday afternoon, it won't change the finish. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:03 PM

Garcia: "Working Class" to Power Bid for Mayor

Garcia:

If Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is going to have a shot at upsetting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in an April runoff, he'll need to quickly solidify a coalition of minorities, union members and progressives reminiscent of... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 1:20 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Best Political Mustaches

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia isn't the only politician sporting the 'stache See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 12:08 PM

CREW Files Complaint Over Schock's Travel Spending

CREW Files Complaint Over Schock's Travel Spending

A government watchdog group on Wednesday asked congressional investigators to examine whether Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock violated House ethics rules by using taxpayer and campaign funds for private air... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Ramirez-Rosa Unseats Ald. Colon in 35th Ward Upset

Ramirez-Rosa Unseats Ald. Colon in 35th Ward Upset

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, who aligned with mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, defeated incumbent Alderman Rey Colon by a landslide in Tuesday's election. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:38 PM

Runoff Heats Up: Emanuel, Garcia Return to Campaign Trail

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and rival Jesus "Chuy" Garcia kicked off part two of the campaign early Wednesday morning, heading out to greet voters just hours after election results sparked an unprecedented runoff. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:55 AM
Carol Marin on What Runoff Means for Chicago

Carol Marin on What Runoff Means for Chicago

NBC Chicago Political Editor Carol Marin says the runoff will give Chicagoans another six weeks to dive into the issues. Watch »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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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 .