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Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 at 10:32 AM

Charter School Union Votes to Join Chicago Teachers Union

The Chicago Teachers Union and ChiACTS — the union representing teachers at the city’s charter schools — moved one step closer to unifying Friday. Read »

Friday, Jun 9, 2017 at 6:37 PM
Deep Dish: Bernie Sanders Returns to Chicago

Deep Dish: Bernie Sanders Returns to Chicago

Bernie Sanders returns to Chicago, President Donald Trump heads to Wisconsin, and JB Pritzker’s intriguing new robocall has NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin humming a classic tune in this... Watch »

Monday, Jun 12, 2017 at 8:40 AM

Michelle Obama Reveals 'Secret' No One Noticed About Barack

At an appearance at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Michelle...View gallery »

Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 at 8:34 PM
Chicago, Illinois Lawmakers React to Comey Testimony

Chicago, Illinois Lawmakers React to Comey Testimony

Former FBI director James Comey's testimony today captured the attention of the nation--and that includes lawmakers and public officials in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 at 12:11 AM

Emanuel Signs Order Committing Chicago to Paris Accord

Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an executive order formalizing Chicago's commitment to adopt the guidelines of the Paris Agreement on environmental protections Wednesday, an announcement that came as he took part in a... Read »

Friday, Jun 9, 2017 at 11:52 AM

Chicago Police Chief Kidney Transplant Could Be Days Away

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is a few weeks — if not days — away from having a kidney transplant. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017 at 9:12 PM

Pritzker Endorsed by Illinois AFL-CIO

Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois JB Pritzker was endorsed Tuesday by the Illinois American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017 at 11:36 PM

Judge to Rule on Paying Healthcare Providers During Impasse

U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow is expected to issue a ruling Tuesday on whether the health care bills for Medicaid patients move to the head of the line for payment as the Illinois budget impasse continues. Read »

Monday, Jun 5, 2017 at 8:23 PM

Fallout Over Pritzker, Blagojevich FBI Recordings Continues

The fallout continues for Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker over the FBI recordings of phone conversations with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Read »

Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 at 10:04 AM

Prosecutors Want Judge to Deny Schock Dismissal Requests

Prosecutors are asking a judge to deny requests from former Illinois U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock to throw out his corruption case. Read »

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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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