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Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Cardinal Francis George to Receive Medal of Merit

Cardinal Francis George to Receive Medal of Merit

Mayor Emanuel will give Cardinal Francis George the Chicago Medal of Merit at Wednesday's City Council meeting, NBC 5 has learned. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Opinion: Should Diana Rauner Step Down From Her Nonprofit Job?

As Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner prepares to assume office in mid-January, concerns are being raised over a potential conflict of interest involving his wife, Diana, and her job at a nonprofit partly dependent upon... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Eavesdropping Bill Focuses on "Private" Dialogue

Eavesdropping Bill Focuses on

It sounded like the opening to a joke, but Sen. Chapin Rose was eliciting a description of protections and restrictions in an Illinois eavesdropping proposal to replace a law declared unconstitutional last... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Ward Room's Best Political Tweets of 2014

Ward Room's Best Political Tweets of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, a new Republican governor prepares to take office and a Democratic mayor launches a high-stakes re-election campaign and Twitter is more important than ever as a way to connect with... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Obama Movie to Be Filmed in Chicago

Obama Movie to Be Filmed in Chicago

President Obama's courtship of wife Michelle when both were young and living in Chicago is the inspiration for a new film, Southside With You, set to film in Chicago this July. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Obama Library: University of Chicago Doesn't Want to Seem Snobby

Obama Library: University of Chicago Doesn't Want to Seem Snobby

Given its reputation as a cloistered brain magnet, the esteemed private Hyde Park institution (tuition: $48,253 per year) wants to cast off the so-called snob label in its promising bid to win President Obama's... Read »

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM
Local Businessman Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

Local Businessman Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

Chicago's race for Mayor gets another candidate-- Dr. Willie Wilson. The local businessmen announced his candidacy Monday. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Chicago Aldermen Seek Chokehold Ban

Four of Chicago's aldermen want the city's Municipal Code crystal clear that the city's officers should never use chokeholds when subduing people. Read »

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 at 10:58 AM

South Dakota Slams Rahm Emanuel in New Ad

South Dakota Slams Rahm Emanuel in New Ad

The state of South Dakota has resolved a dispute with Chicago officials about business-recruiting advertisements at O'Hare International Airport, but the state also has expressed its displeasure with the... Read »

Monday, Dec 8, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Roskam Lands High-Profile House Post After Losing Majority Whip

Roskam Lands High-Profile House Post After Losing Majority Whip

After Peter Roskam lost his campaign for majority whip, Republicans rewarded the Illinois congressman with a new, high-profile job as chair of the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .