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Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 at 11:03 AM
Deep Dish: Where in the World Is President Obama?

Deep Dish: Where in the World Is President Obama?

In this week's Deep Dish, Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern celebrate President Barack Obama's birthday, recap the Springfield Shuffle and Mayor Emanuel's love of Manny's.  Watch »

Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 at 7:15 AM

Chicago to Sue Justice Department Over Grant-Slashing Threat

The city of Chicago will file suit Monday against the U.S. Justice Department over Trump administration threats to cut off federal funding for being a sanctuary city, officials confirmed to NBC 5. Read »

Friday, Aug 4, 2017 at 10:15 AM

John Lausch Named Chicago's New US Attorney

Attorney John Lausch has been selected as the next U.S. attorney for Chicago, the White House announced Thursday. Read »

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 at 8:13 PM

Schools Scramble for Answers as Funding Impasse Drags On

With funding for the new year still up in the air, downstate and suburban schools are scrambling for answers as a potential cash crunch looms. Read »

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Governor Rauner Hires New 'Body Man'

After controversial tweets forced the ouster of his “body man” in July after just one day on the job, Governor Bruce Rauner has found a new person to fill the job. Read »

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Confusion Marks Start of New Sugary Beverage Tax

Hours after Cook County's controversial sweetened beverage tax took effect Wednesday, confusion and frustration hit as shoppers across the area reported being taxed for things like water and juice. Read »

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 at 8:04 AM
State Could Miss Public School Aid Payments for First Time

State Could Miss Public School Aid Payments for First Time

With no agreement yet on how to fund schools across the state, there is a good chance on Aug. 10 that no state aid payments will be sent to public schools across Illnois. That will be the first time this... Watch »

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017 at 9:17 PM

Cook County's New Soda Tax Takes Effect

Cook County's new tax on sweetened beverages went into effect Wednesday morning. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 at 5:28 PM

Cook County Soda Tax Goes Into Effect Wednesday

Retailers across the Chicago area continue to make last-minute preparations before Cook County's tax on sweetened beverages goes into effect Wednesday. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 at 8:39 AM
Mayor Announces New Development for Old South Works Site

Mayor Announces New Development for Old South Works Site

This site has struggled to keep a developer, but that appears to be changing. The massive piece of property that currently sits blocked off with overgrown grass and weeds is getting a new development. Watch »

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Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is "in play" as a possible contender to be named Donald Trump's running mate at next month's GOP convention, sources familiar with the vice presidential search tell NBC News.

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...

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.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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