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Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018 at 8:31 PM
Rauner, Emanuel React to Suggested National Guard Solution to Violence

Rauner, Emanuel React to Suggested National Guard Solution to Violence

Many ideas of how to combat violence in Chicago have been brought up—the National Guard and Trump among them—after more than 65 people were shot last weekend. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018 at 6:51 AM

New Illinois Ride-Share Law Takes Effect

New Illinois Ride-Share Law Takes Effect

Illinois legislation designed to ensure ride-share drivers undergo adequate background checks is now law. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018 at 8:26 PM
The Politics of Violence in Chicago

The Politics of Violence in Chicago

As Mayor Emanuel looks for answers to the city’s most violent weekend in the span of two years — his former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, now running for mayor, blames City Hall. NBC 5's Mary Watch »

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018 at 11:07 AM

Ivanka Trump to Visit Illinois Wednesday

Ivanka Trump to Visit Illinois Wednesday

First daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump was scheduled to visit Illinois on Wednesday. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018 at 6:33 AM

Supporters Say They're a Step Closer to Chicago Term Limits

Supporters Say They're a Step Closer to Chicago Term Limits

Organizers of a petition drive to impose term limits for Chicago mayors say they have enough signatures to put the question before voters. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2018 at 8:03 PM

Persistent Violence to be Key Issue in Looming Mayoral Race

The violent weekend is drawing a strong reaction from several candidates challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the upcoming election. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Giuliani Backs 'Jerry' McCarthy, Garry McCarthy Fires Back

Rudy Giuliani is apparently putting his support behind Garry McCarthy… or Jerry McCarthy. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2018 at 6:46 AM

Rear-Facing Restraint Now Required for Illinois Infants

Rear-Facing Restraint Now Required for Illinois Infants

Illinois children must ride in rear-facing child-restraint seats in automobiles until age 2 under a law Gov. Bruce Rauner signed. Read »

Friday, Aug 3, 2018 at 5:49 PM

McAuliffe Participates in Event With Pritzker, Stratton

McAuliffe Participates in Event With Pritzker, Stratton

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is mulling a 2020 presidential run, was in Illinois Friday to campaign with gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker and his running mate Julianna Stratton. Read »

Friday, Aug 3, 2018 at 7:48 AM

Back Pay Checks Sent Out to 900 Illinois Workers

Back Pay Checks Sent Out to 900 Illinois Workers

Checks have been sent out to more than 900 Illinois workers to cover back pay owed since 2011. Read »

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