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Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 6:43 PM
City Leaders Fight for Funding to Combat Violence

City Leaders Fight for Funding to Combat Violence

City leaders from several big cities are facing challenges when it comes to fighting violence. They have a plan they think could work, but it needs funding. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 6:25 PM

CSU Responds to $600M Funding Fix

Chicago State University issued a release Friday addressing state lawmakers' approval of a $600 million spending bill to keep Illinois' public universities and colleges open and operational through the summer. Read »

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Ill. GOP Using Lewis’ Rauner ISIS Comment as Fundraising Tool

Ill. GOP Using Lewis’ Rauner ISIS Comment as Fundraising Tool

Earlier this week, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called Gov. Bruce Rauner a “new ISIS recruit” and now the Illinois Republican Party is using her statements as a fundraising tool. Read »

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Kirk to Skip GOP Convention: 'Got to Really Do My Hair That Week'

Kirk to Skip GOP Convention: 'Got to Really Do My Hair That Week'

Sen. Mark Kirk told Roe Conn Thursday that he wouldn’t be attending the Republican National Convention in July because he will be busy doing his hair. Read »

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Ill. Lawmakers Approve $600M Lifeline for Struggling Colleges

Illinois lawmakers have approved a $600 million short-term funding infusion for higher education institutions that have been struggling financially due to not receiving state money during the state budget... Read »

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 9:46 PM

Alderman Attacked Outside Ward Office

Alderman Attacked Outside Ward Office

Alderman Walter Burnett was attacked outside his West Side ward office Thursday Night, police confirmed. Read »

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 at 6:28 AM

Bernie Sanders Defends Ousted CPS Principal

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders came to the defense of a Chicago Public School principal who was reassigned by the district Wednesday after being critical of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 8:11 PM

Report: Illinois House Pushes Fantasy Sports Betting Reform

Report: Illinois House Pushes Fantasy Sports Betting Reform

A House committee advanced legislation Wednesday that looks to tax and regulate fantasy sports in Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Head of Police Accountability Task Force Reacts to Mayor's Plan

The head of Chicago Police Accountability Task Force says she takes the mayor at his word, when he calls a series of reforms announced Thursday, only a “down payment” on what needs to be done to increase... Read »

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 11:13 PM

CPS Tells Outspoken Principal He's Been 'Reassigned'

CPS Tells Outspoken Principal He's Been 'Reassigned'

One of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's sharpest critics has lost his job: Chicago Public Schools has removed Troy LaRaviere as principal from Blaine School in Lakeview. 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 .