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Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 1:17 PM

Questions Raised in Search for Director of Democratic Party

As Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's organization reels from the resignation of his right-hand man Tim Mapes, new questions have been raised about the hiring process for the next director of the... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 1:14 PM

Judge Blocks Chicago Suburb's Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban

A judge is blocking the northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield from enforcing its ban on certain semi-automatic guns. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 1:06 PM

Read Fired Madigan Aide's 14-Page Document 'The Truth'

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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 6:36 PM

Ex-Madigan Aide Releases Document on Harassment Claims

The first of three men dismissed from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's inner circle over harassment allegations released a 14-page document titled "The Truth" on Wednesday, addressing the claims... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 at 6:48 AM

Madigan Seeks Officer to Combat Sexual Harassment

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he will hire a human resources director and officer for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action to combat sexual harassment. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 12:27 PM

Ex-Madigan Operative Still Wields Influence in Springfield

A lobbyist supposedly ousted from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's inner circle over allegations of harassment still maintains a list of more than a dozen clients four months later and has even gained a... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 at 6:56 AM

Congressional Republicans Oppose Blagojevich Clemency

The Republicans in Illinois' congressional delegation are asking President Trump not to grant former Gov. Rod Blagojevich clemency. Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 10:08 PM

A Group of Republicans Push for Madigan's Resignation

A group of Republican lawmakers and candidates are calling on House Speaker Mike Madigan to resign, criticizing his leadership in the wake of recent sexual harassment allegations—just a week after Madigan fired... Read »

Saturday, Jun 9, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Rauner Signs Bill Responding to Equifax Hack

Rauner Signs Bill Responding to Equifax Hack

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a measure that will prevent consumer reporting agencies from charging people for protecting their credit reports. Read »

Friday, Jun 8, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Trump Continues to Mull Blagojevich Commutation

President Donald Trump revealed Friday that he is looking over thousands of names of people to potentially pardon or to commute sentences for, but there’s only one name that the family of former Illinois... 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.
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