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Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 5:46 PM

Rauner, Pritzker Attacks Started Long Before Matchup Was Set

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and billionaire Democratic businessman J.B. Pritzker spent millions attacking each other even before their 2018 matchup was set, providing a preview of just how brutal... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 5:26 PM

Cook County Votes Yes on Legalizing Marijuana - What's Next?

Cook County Votes Yes on Legalizing Marijuana - What's Next?

The people have spoken, and they want weed — the people of Cook County, anyways. Read »

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 at 5:28 AM

Winners and Losers in Illinois' Primary Election

The benefit of incumbency was all but missing in Gov. Bruce Rauner's win in Tuesday’s Illinois primary. The narrow margin of victory by the sitting governor points to fundamental problems as he heads to... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 4:36 PM

Ives, Rauner Don’t Make Nice After Ugly Primary Battle

Primary election battles typically include the sacred tradition of a concession phone call with a promise to come together in the general. Not so in the Republican race for Illinois governor. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 11:29 AM

Holocaust Denier Racks Up Votes in Illinois Primary

Holocaust Denier Racks Up Votes in Illinois Primary

Art Jones, a Holocaust denier, received more than 20,000 votes in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District race. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 7:37 AM
NBC 5 Political Reporter Breaks Down Primary Results

NBC 5 Political Reporter Breaks Down Primary Results

NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern breaks down what happened in key races during Illinois' primary election. Watch »

Monday, Apr 2, 2018 at 12:09 PM

Pritzker, Rauner to Face Off in Battle of the Billionaires

The stage is set for the already-expensive race for Illinois governor to become the costliest gubernatorial election in U.S. history. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 9:20 AM

Cook County Voters Support Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Cook County Voters Support Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

The results are in. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 11:53 PM

Raoul Wins Democratic Race for Illinois Attorney General

State Sen. Kwame Raoul claimed victory in the Democratic race for Illinois attorney general Tuesday, saying former Gov. Pat Quinn called to concede in the battle to replace outgoing Attorney General Lisa... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 12:20 AM

Rauner Wins GOP Nomination for Illinois Governor: AP

Republican voters gave Gov. Bruce Rauner another chance in Springfield Tuesday by a slim margin, as the incumbent won his party’s nomination despite a strong challenge from the right. 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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Authors
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 .