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Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 at 11:27 PM
Madigan Hires Independent Counsel After Aide Allegations

Madigan Hires Independent Counsel After Aide Allegations

The latest on the firestorm surrounding House Speaker Mike Madigan and sexual harassment allegations within his inner circle: The woman he's chosen as independent counsel speaks to NBC 5 as well as one of... Watch »

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 at 8:41 PM

Questions Surface About Madigan's 'Independent' Investigation Into Sexual Harassment...

Questions continued to surface Tuesday on the sexual harassment and misconduct allegations within the office of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 at 7:46 AM

For Duckworth, a Baby Will Bring Down Yet Another Barrier

For Duckworth, a Baby Will Bring Down Yet Another Barrier

Breaking down barriers is nothing new for Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and that's the way she likes it. Read »

Monday, Feb 19, 2018 at 7:33 PM

2nd Madigan Aide Dismissed Over Misconduct Allegations

A second high-ranking operative for Speaker Michael Madigan has been quietly removed from the powerful Democrat’s political organization, according to multiple sources. Read »

Monday, Feb 19, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Coalition Announces New Push for Clean Energy in Illinois

Coalition Announces New Push for Clean Energy in Illinois

Calling for bipartisan dialogue across the Land of Lincoln, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition (ICJC) unveiled a new initiative on Monday to spark conversation around clean energy. Read »

Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 at 7:39 PM

Hutchinson Endorses Pritzker for Governor

Hutchinson Endorses Pritzker for Governor

As the March primary nears, Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker picked up another high-profile endorsement on Sunday as he nabbed the support of State Senator Toi Hutchinson. Read »

Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Madigan Addresses Handling of Harassment Allegations

In the past two days, House Speaker Mike Madigan has sent a pair of letters to Democratic House members as he combats questions of sexual harassment against one of his top aides and how he has handled those... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018 at 9:22 PM

Congressman Joe Kennedy Rallies in Chicago

Representative Joe Kennedy III, the rising star of the Democratic Party and nephew to Democratic candidate Chris Kennedy, held two rallies in Chicago Tuesday on his uncle's behalf. Read »

Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 at 6:13 PM

Scammers Impersonating AG's Office on Social Media

Scammers Impersonating AG's Office on Social Media

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is warning residents about scammers impersonating the office on social media. Read »

Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:06 AM

Kevin Quinn's Ex-Wife Says She Warned of Alleged Abuse

The estranged wife of high-ranking political operative Kevin Quinn told NBC 5 Friday that she sent a letter to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's office, desperately seeking assistance and detailing... Read »

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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.
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