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Friday, Feb 23, 2018 at 9:49 PM

Candidates for Governor Weigh in On Arming Teachers

Candidates for Governor Weigh in On Arming Teachers

Illinois lawmakers are expected to take a roll call vote on a bill designed to toughen gun laws in the wake of the Florida high school shooting, and gubernatorial candidates are weighing in on various ideas... Read »

Friday, Feb 23, 2018 at 9:18 PM
Take 5 Politics: The Latest Illinois Headlines

Take 5 Politics: The Latest Illinois Headlines

Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss the latest Illinois headlines in this week's Take 5 Politics. Watch »

Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 at 5:19 PM

See Which Candidates Chicago-Area Newspapers Have Endorsed

See Which Candidates Chicago-Area Newspapers Have Endorsed

As races across Illinois continue to heat up ahead of the March primary, newspapers in the state have been announcing their endorsements. Read »

Friday, Feb 23, 2018 at 9:23 PM

Could Hastert Case be Heard in Secret?

The attorney for the accuser of disgraced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert says she is still exploring options to conduct the proceedings in secret, should it go to trial later this year. Read »

Friday, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Social Media Roasts Rauner’s Chocolate Milk Stunt

Social Media Roasts Rauner’s Chocolate Milk Stunt

As many on Twitter noted, no, this was not The Onion. Read »

Friday, Feb 23, 2018 at 6:51 AM

Illinois Lawmakers Revisit Gun Legislation

Advocates for gun control have renewed their push to require Illinois firearm stores to get state licenses, saying federal regulations don't go far enough to ensure sales are handled properly. Read »

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 9:13 PM

Ill. AG Candidate Says GOP County Official Used Racial Slur

Ill. AG Candidate Says GOP County Official Used Racial Slur<br />

A Republican candidate seeking a seat in the General Assembly is unworthy of the post because of his use of sexist and racist language, the GOP floor leader in the Illinois House said. Read »

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 7:39 PM

Illinois AG Candidates Sound Off on Gun Control

President Donald Trump's proposals on school security were front and center during a forum Thursday afternoon with candidates for Illinois attorney general. Read »

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 6:28 PM

Sen. Sanders Stays Mum on Illinois Governor's Race

Senator Bernie Sanders was in Chicago this week to support Congressional candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, but he when it comes to the governor’s race, the former presidential candidate isn’t tipping his hand. Read »

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at 4:48 PM

Bruce Rauner's $95 Million Campaign

Bruce Rauner's $95 Million Campaign

Five years ago, Bruce Rauner formed the committee that launched his political career. From the start Citizens for Rauner raised millions, in part because Bruce Rauner contributed millions. Read »

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NBC Chicago's award winning politics blog takes a critical look at Illinois' top influence-peddlers, using a mix of news and commentary designed to keep this state's notoriously corruptible politicians honest and accountable.
Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
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 was the President of the United States. But at heart, Barack Obama is a Chicago politician.
Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.
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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 .