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Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 at 3:48 PM

New Roof Most Pressing Need for Governor's Mansion

New Roof Most Pressing Need for Governor's Mansion

The organization raising money to renovate the Illinois governor's mansion says the most pressing need is replacing the ailing roof on the 160-year-old building. Read »

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 10:36 PM

JHud, Spike Lee Rally for Peace at St. Sabina

Jennifer Hudson joined Spike Lee and the cast of "Chiraq" at St. Sabina Church Friday evening for a peace rally protesting gun violence. Read »

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 1:41 PM

Report: Chicago Property Taxes to Rise About $90

Report: Chicago Property Taxes to Rise About $90

Chicago homeowners face an increase in property taxes this year, in part due to Chicago Public Schools' desperate financial situation, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr. Read »

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 12:58 PM

Judge Brags About Blackhawks During Federal Court Hearing

Judge Brags About Blackhawks During Federal Court Hearing

Chicago's Stanley Cup fever has made it all the way to federal court. Read »

Friday, Jun 19, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Attorney: Hastert Sex Abuse Allegations "Unconscionable"

Attorney: Hastert Sex Abuse Allegations "Unconscionable"

The attorney for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert expressed fear that allegations against his client of past sexual abuse could jeopardize the trial and called media reports about the alleged abuse "unconsci... Read »

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Illinois Unemployment Holds at 6 Percent

Illinois Unemployment Holds at 6 Percent

Illinois' unemployment rate held steady again in May as the state added temporary and government jobs but lost manufacturing positions. Read »

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Fans Boo Emanuel at Hawks Rally

Blackhawks fans sent a nasty message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel during the Stanley Cup victory rally at Soldier Field Thursday when the team's CEO, John McDonough, thanked the mayor for organizing the rally. Read »

Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 at 12:07 PM
Rahm Gets Booed at Soldier Field Hawks Rally

Rahm Gets Booed at Soldier Field Hawks Rally

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was booed during the Chicago Blackhawks' Soldier Field rally Thursday. Watch »

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

City Council Loosens Navy Pier Booze Rules

City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that will loosen the restrictions on drinking alcoholic beverages at Navy Pier, allowing patrons to drink their beverages inside throughout the entire facility. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015 at 4:44 PM

Obama Tweets Congratulations to Blackhawks

Obama Tweets Congratulations to Blackhawks

After recently joining Twitter and following all of Chicago's major sports teams — minus the Cubs — President Obama tweeted his congratulations to the Blackhawks and invited them and the Stanley Cup to the White... 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 .