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2 hours ago

Illinois Senate Approves Plan to Spend $5B in Funds

Illinois Senate Approves Plan to Spend $5B in Funds

The Illinois Senate has approved a plan to direct almost $5 billion in federal funds to social service agencies during the state's budget stalemate. Read »

4 hours ago

Emanuel, McCarthy Double Number of Police Bike Patrols

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that the city's police department has doubled the number of bike patrols and expanded them beyond the downtown area. Read »

3 hours ago

Blagojevich Releases First Statement Since Entering Prison

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich released his first public statement since he entered prison, saying he and his family "continue to have faith in the truth." Read »

3 hours ago

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich Asks Full Court to Hear Appeal

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked a full federal appellate court in Chicago to rehear his appeal after three judges recently overturned five of his 18 corruption convictions. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015 at 6:24 AM

State Workers' Suit Against Duckworth Spills Into Senate Bid

State Workers' Suit Against Duckworth Spills Into Senate Bid

A civil lawsuit alleging ethics violations nearly a decade ago has become an issue in a Democratic congresswoman's bid to unseat first-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in what is expected to be one of the... Read »

Monday, Aug 3, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Schock Still Spending Campaign Funds: Documents

New documents filed last Friday with the Federal Election Commission show Aaron Schock is still spending his campaign money, even as he’s under federal investigation. NBC 5 Investigates. Read »

Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 at 10:34 PM

Murders in Chicago Increase as Overall Crime Falls

Murders in Chicago Increase as Overall Crime Falls

Crime statistics released by the Chicago Police Department Saturday show that crime overall has decreased this year, but the number of murders and shootings is up. Read »

Sunday, Aug 2, 2015 at 8:01 PM

McCarthy Heads to D.C. for Summit on Gun Violence

McCarthy Heads to D.C. for Summit on Gun Violence

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy will make the trip to Washington, D.C. Monday to participate in a summit on gun violence with several other police chiefs from major cities. Read »

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 at 5:29 PM

Chicago Preliminary Budget Estimate Shows Huge Shortfall

Chicago Preliminary Budget Estimate Shows Huge Shortfall

A preliminary budget released by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shows a gaping budget shortfall for 2016 that could grow to $754 million and beyond — a total that is so high that the mayor might be forced to... Read »

Saturday, Aug 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

Hastert Closes PAC, Moves $10,000 to Defense Fund

Hastert Closes PAC, Moves $10,000 to Defense Fund

Federal election records indicate that former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has closed his political action committee and moved $10,000 of the money to his legal defense fund. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

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's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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