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Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 at 10:25 PM

Rauner Blasts Madigan for Lawmaker Pay Hike

Rauner Blasts Madigan for Lawmaker Pay Hike

Gov. Bruce Rauner attempted to crank up the pressure Tuesday on House Speaker Michael Madigan over the state budget jam, disparaging the Chicago Democrat for not stopping a $1,360 pay hike for lawmakers while... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 at 11:58 PM

Appellate Lawyer Urges Blagojevich to 'Fight On'

The lawyer for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich called a federal appeals court decision Tuesday to overturn five of 18 convictions against Blagojevich "improper" and urged Blagojevich to "fight on." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 at 10:39 PM

Patti Blagojevich: 'We Are Very Disappointed'

The wife of disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich says she and her family are disappointed with a federal appeals court's decision Tuesday to overturn five of 18 counts against her husband. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 at 7:58 PM

What the Court's Decision Means for Blagojevich

What the Court's Decision Means for Blagojevich

A federal appeals court's decision to overturn five convictions against Rod Blagojevich Tuesday may be good news for the former governor, but it is far from a victory. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 at 4:36 PM

5 Counts Against Blagojevich the Court Threw Out

5 Counts Against Blagojevich the Court Threw Out

The other 12 counts remain intact and Blagojevich must stay in prison, but a federal appeals court's decision to throw out five counts could change his sentence. The five counts in question relate to wire fraud,... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 at 3:42 PM

Key Points From Court of Appeals' Blagojevich Decision

Key Points From Court of Appeals' Blagojevich Decision

Key points from a federal appeals court decision to vacate five of Rod Blagojevich's convictions Read »

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Court Overturns Some Rod Blagojevich Convictions

Five of the counts on which former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted were overturned but because the remaining counts were left intact, Blagojevich remains in prison. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 at 4:56 AM

'Not for a Billboard': Chicago Alderman Blocks Construction

A North Side Chicago alderman parked his car in front of a bulldozer Monday morning to stop construction on a street in his ward. Read »

Monday, Jul 20, 2015 at 11:32 PM

Rauner OKs Ending Life Sentences for Juveniles

Rauner OKs Ending Life Sentences for Juveniles

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to end mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles. Read »

Monday, Jul 20, 2015 at 5:39 PM
Illinois Reacts to Trump's Comments on Sen. McCain's Military Service

Illinois Reacts to Trump's Comments on Sen. McCain's Military Service

Illinois politicians react to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's recent comments about Sen. John McCain's military service and prisoners of war. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

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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 .