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Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 at 6:53 PM

Scott Walker Heads Back to Illinois Thursday

This week, GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker will make his second trip to Illinois since announcing his candidacy. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 6:14 PM

CPS to Stop Picking Up Pension Payments for Non-Union Workers

Chicago Public Schools plans to stop picking up pension payments for its central office and non-union employees, the district announced Wednesday. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 8:30 PM

Gov. Rauner Releases Emails Official Sent on Private Account

Gov. Rauner Releases Emails Official Sent on Private Account

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has released 44 pages of documents from education secretary Beth Purvis' private email account, despite arguing for months it shouldn't have to do so. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 7:57 PM

House Panel OKs Federal-Funding Plan Over Rauner's Protest

House Panel OKs Federal-Funding Plan Over Rauner's Protest

What began as a bipartisan effort to distribute $5 billion in federal funds, and keep some Illinois programs afloat despite a budget stalemate, appeared Tuesday to be headed for a veto by Republican Gov.... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Report: Ald. Brendan Reilly Considers Run for Congress

Report: Ald. Brendan Reilly Considers Run for Congress

Ald. Brendan Reilly, whose ward covers parts of downtown, may take a stab at running for Congress, according to a new report. Read »

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 7:34 PM

Chicago Schools Budget Banks on State Funds Not Yet Approved

Officials with cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools ratcheted up their plea for help from Springfield on Monday, detailing a proposed $5.7 billion operating budget that banks on nearly $500 million in pension... Read »

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM

Schock Drove Free Car Months After Leaving Office: Docs

In newly released documents obtained by NBC5 Investigates, prosecutors allege Schock sold a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe back to a Peoria car dealership for over $46,000, but continued to drive the car for free, for... Read »

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 6:22 PM

CPS Restores Bell Schedules at 34 Schools

Chicago Public Schools, in addition to announcing more than 450 teacher layoffs Monday, said it would restore bell schedules at nearly three dozen schools in the district following concerns from parents and... Read »

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 6:44 PM

CPS Announces More Than 450 Layoffs

Chicago Public Schools on Monday announced that more than 450 teachers will be laid off. Read »

Sunday, Aug 9, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Illinois Agencies Cover Half the Pay for Gov. Rauner's Staff

Illinois Agencies Cover Half the Pay for Gov. Rauner's Staff

Gov. Bruce Rauner promised a leaner, more transparent administration than his predecessors, yet he's rigorously following their time-honored practice of asking other departments to sign paychecks for his staff. 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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Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .