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Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 at 5:54 PM

Bill to Ban Youth Football Won't Come Up for Vote

Bill to Ban Youth Football Won't Come Up for Vote

A proposal aimed at delaying the effects of helmet-banging head trauma by banning Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football lacks the votes this spring, its sponsor said Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 at 10:09 PM

City Council Confirms Sydney Roberts as New Chief of COPA

Sydney Roberts says Chicago deserves a robust police oversight committee -- and that's what she intends to deliver. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 at 6:41 PM

After Mother's Death, Jeb Bush Speaks at Chicago-Area Event

Jeb Bush made an appearance in the Chicago area on Wednesday, just one day after his mother Barbara Bush passed away. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 at 6:25 AM

Federal Court to Hear Argument in Aaron Schock Appeal

A federal appeals court in Chicago will hear oral arguments in the corruption case of U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock as his lawyers seek to have all his charges dismissed. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018 at 11:54 PM
Medical, Religious Communities Come Together on Gun Violence

Medical, Religious Communities Come Together on Gun Violence

Doctors, nurses and Cardinal Blase Cupich say it's of course about the victims of gun violence, but also they're speaking out because of the toll this violence takes on those who care for them. Watch »

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 10:58 PM

Patti Blagojevich Appears on FOX's 'Tucker Carlson'

The wife of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich said she and her daughters "could not be more disappointed" in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to not hear her husband's appeal. Read »

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 6:05 PM

16th District Letter Suggests Divide in Illinois GOP

16th District Letter Suggests Divide in Illinois GOP

A letter mailed to Republicans in one Illinois district shows just how divided the state party is after the contentious primary. Read »

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 6:31 PM

Patti Blagojevich Responds to SCOTUS Decision

The wife of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich said she and her daughters "could not be more disappointed" in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to not hear her husband's appeal. Read »

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 11:52 AM

'Two Waterfront City': Chicago's Riverfront Could Get Revamp

Chicago’s riverfront could be getting a revamp. Read »

Monday, Apr 16, 2018 at 6:34 PM

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Blagojevich Appeal

With a simple one-line announcement, the United States Supreme Court announced Monday they will not hear the appeal of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. 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 .