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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Report: Mayor to Appear Regularly on "Chicago Tonight"

Report: Mayor to Appear Regularly on "Chicago Tonight"

With the official start of his second term less than a week away, Mayor Rahm Emanuel seems to be making good on his promise to be make some changes in his leadership style. Read »

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 6:01 PM

What To Expect From Presidential Library in Chicago

After months of speculation, the announcement of where the Barack Obama Presidential Library will be built is expected on Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:32 PM

Obama Library Coming to South Side of Chicago

The Barack Obama Foundation on Tuesday announced that the South Side of Chicago will be the home of the future Barack Obama Presidential Center. Read »

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 5:41 PM

DC Airport Official Named Chicago Aviation Commissioner

DC Airport Official Named Chicago Aviation Commissioner

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the appointment of Ginger Evans, who oversaw airport construction projects in Washington, D.C., as the new aviation commissioner in Chicago. Read »

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Rep. Bustos Offers Tickets to Taylor Swift Concert

Rep. Bustos Offers Tickets to Taylor Swift Concert

If you missed attending the Katy Perry concert with former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, you may still be in luck. You can now go to a Taylor Swift concert with another member of Congress from Illinois. Read »

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Things to Know About the Illinois Court Ruling on Pensions

Illinois lawmakers have another burden awaiting them on their return to the Capitol this week after the state Supreme Court rejected a landmark pension reform law Friday. Read »

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Alderman: No Tax Credit for 'Chiraq' Film

Just the name alone – “Chiraq” – is enough to stir the pot with city officials, and it’s been a heated week for Spike Lee’s controversial film. Read »

Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:01 AM

High Court Overturns Pension Law

The law dealt with four of the state's five pension programs — the Legislature did not include the judges' account because of the conflict posed by expected legal action. The shortfall in the amount of money... Read »

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 9:30 PM

Officials Discuss County Criminal Justice at City Club

The City Club of Chicago invited Toni Preckwinkle, Tom Dart, Anita Alvarez and Timothy Evans to joint appearance. Read »

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 5:20 PM
Alvarez Ready for Democratic Primary Fight

Alvarez Ready for Democratic Primary Fight

Several people appear to be preparing to challenge Anita Alvarez for her job as Cook County State's Attorney. NBC Chicago'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 .