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Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Mayor Emanuel Plans to Disband Police Oversight Agency IPRA

Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to disband the Independent Police Review Authority, the Chicago agency responsible for investigating allegations of police misconduct. Read »

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4:53 PM

High Lead Levels Found in Water Systems Across Illinois: Report

High Lead Levels Found in Water Systems Across Illinois: Report

Nearly 200 public water systems in Illinois, which serve over 800,000 people, exceeded Environmental Protection Agency lead standards during at least one year since 2004, according to a Chicago Tribune... Read »

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Ill. Government Workers Are Highest Paid in the Country: Report

Ill. Government Workers Are Highest Paid in the Country: Report

State government workers in Illinois are the highest paid in the country, according to an Illinois Policy Institute report released Friday. Read »

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Ex-Speaker Hastert Pays $250K Fine as Part of Sentence

Ex-Speaker Hastert Pays $250K Fine as Part of Sentence

Dennis Hastert has paid a $250,000 fine as part of his sentencing for breaking federal banking rules in a hush-money scheme attempting to cover up decades of sexual abuse. Read »

Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7:03 PM

Group Buys Old Chicago Post Office

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the finalization of the sale of Chicago’s Old Post Office Friday and said the buyers were moving forward with a $500 million redevelopment plan that will reportedly create thousands... Read »

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 8:12 PM

Poll: Rauner Voted One of Nation’s Least Popular Governors

Poll: Rauner Voted One of Nation’s Least Popular Governors

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was voted one of the nation’s least popular governors, according to a Morning Consult poll released Thursday. Read »

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 8:07 PM

Supreme Court Nominee to Speak at Suburban Alma Mater’s Graduation

Supreme Court Nominee to Speak at Suburban Alma Mater’s Graduation

President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland will be the commencement speaker at Niles West High School’s May 29 graduation. Read »

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Illinois House Passes $700M for Human Service Programs

Illinois House Passes $700M for Human Service Programs

The Illinois House has approved $700 million to partially finance various human service programs that have not received funding since last summer because of the state's budget stalemate. Read »

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Judge Allows Workplace Case Against Duckworth to Go to Trial

Judge Allows Workplace Case Against Duckworth to Go to Trial

An Illinois judge on Thursday tentatively set a trial date well before the November general election in a 7-year-old workplace retaliation lawsuit accusing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth of... Read »

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Ousted Principal Calls CPS Administration 'Inherently Corrupt'

Embattled Chicago Public School principal Troy LaRaviere held a press conference Thursday to detail the charges levied against him by the district. 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 .