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Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 2:21 PM

University Poll Shows Rauner's Job Approval Rating Low

University Poll Shows Rauner's Job Approval Rating Low

A new poll conducted by the Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows Gov. Bruce Rauner with a low job approval rating of 36.5 percent in his first few months in office. Read »

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 9:59 AM

Garcia Continues to Court African-American Vote

Garcia Continues to Court African-American Vote

Key African-American leaders in Chicago have already endorsed Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, but the mayoral candidate is not taking any chances when it comes to earning the African-American vote. Read »

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 6:35 PM

Garcia, Emanuel Announce Endorsements

Both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia received endorsements Friday, two weeks ahead of the runoff election slated for April. Read »

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 6:41 PM

Pfleger, Protesters Take on Rauner Budget Plan

"if you can find new money to give salaries to all your staff and increase them, ... you've found money for the poor," Fr. Michael Pfleger says. Read »

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Opinion: Emanuel Uses "Magic" for Campaign Donation

Opinion: Emanuel Uses

The Tribune reports that “four days after the news conference, the week-old company Johnson formed with partner Mark Walter to fund the jobs program donated $100,000 to Emanuel’s campaign. Last week, with... Read »

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 6:13 PM

Feds Investigate Aaron Schock

The Congressman, already under fire for globe-trotting vacations, documented on Instagram and often billed at taxpayer or campaign expense, abruptly resigned on Tuesday. And today, federal subpoenas began going... Read »

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 9:15 PM

Obamas Have Sights Set on "Magnum, P.I." Mansion: Report

Obamas Have Sights Set on

It looks as if the Obamas still have no plans to move back to Chicago anytime soon, but speculation on the First Family’s next private residence has continued to pop up. Read »

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 2:06 PM

What Schock Can Do With $3.4M in Campaign Funds

What Schock Can Do With $3.4M in Campaign Funds

When Rep. Aaron Schock leaves office at the end of the month, he'll have nearly $3.4 million to use for political activities or charity, but he can't keep it for himself. Read »

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Jon Stewart: Schock Will Be "Baddest Ass" in Prison

Jon Stewart: Schock Will Be

For the second time in as many months, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart poked fun at Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock. Read »

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 5:43 PM

Michele Smith in Familiar Territory in Runoff

Michele Smith in Familiar Territory in Runoff

Michele Smith finds herself in familiar position heading into April 7th – in an aldermanic run-off election. For the third time in eight years, Smith finds herself in a tight race to earn the Northside 43 ward’s... 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 .