Mike Flannery is the political editor at FOX 32 News.
Previously, he covered politics at CBS 2 Chicago for 30 years.
Flannery grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Georgetown University. He covered politics and labor for the Chicago Sun-Times for seven years before transitioning to TV in 1980.
Members of the Chicago City Council began questioning top aides to Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday about her proposal to spend nearly $17 billion next year.
Chicago State University is a campus that has faced a series of challenges, including a big decline in the number of men studying there. It turns out, that is a growing national problem.
Mayor Lightfoot is using federal coronavirus relief funds to postpone difficult decisions the city would otherwise face, while spending $200 million more on police, $135 million on violence prevention and $86 million more on mental health treatment.
Thousands of migrants are gathering at the U.S. border with Mexico, hoping to get into the country.
GET READY TO PAY MORE: The new law will raise Illinois residents' utility bills by up to $180 a year — in part to provide new subsidies for nuclear power plants and start the path toward being carbon free.
The Illinois Senate plans to vote Monday on a far-reaching package of energy legislation that sailed through the House Thursday night.
Supporters say it's a big boost for clean energy in Illinois, but critics say it includes what they call "the biggest utility rate increase" in state history.
Adlai Stevenson III, a former US Senator who nearly became governor of Illinois, is dead at the age of 90.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin on Wednesday denounced a new law that just took effect in Texas, banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy.
Critics complain it could cost consumers hundreds of dollars a year in higher electric bills.