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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 »

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Andrea Zopp: 'I'm Running' For U.S. Senate

Andrea Zopp has made up her mind about a run for U.S. Senate. Read »

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Illinois Audit: $320K Went to Services for Dead People

Illinois Audit: $320K Went to Services for Dead People

The audit released Thursday from the Illinois Office of the Auditor General says the funds went for senior citizen services in the department's Community Care Program last year. It also says another $38,000 was... Read »

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:43 PM

House Democrats Vote Down 'Right-to-Work' Measure

Democrats in the Illinois House have voted down a plan similar to Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to allow local governments to permit workers to opt out of unions. Read »

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 12:24 PM

House to Vote on Rauner's "Right-to-Work" Proposal

House to Vote on Rauner's "Right-to-Work" Proposal

The Illinois House of Representatives will vote Thursday on Gov. Bruce Rauner's contentious "right-to-work" proposal, but the vote may be more of a show of force than an effective move in legislation. Read »

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Rep. Davis Entangled in Azerbaijan Ethics Investigation

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers that includes Illinois Rep. Danny Davis say they had no idea that a 2013 congressional trip to Azerbaijan was paid for by that country's government, a move that is not... Read »

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Kirk Touts Stroke Recovery in 1st TV Ad

Kirk Touts Stroke Recovery in 1st TV Ad

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk touted his recovery from a debilitating stroke in the first television ads of his 2016 re-election bid. Read »

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Four Named in Arrest Warrants in CPS Theft Case

Four Named in Arrest Warrants in CPS Theft Case

Four people this week were named in arrest warrants tied to the theft of more than $876,000 from two Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. 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 .