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Rauner Privatization Idea Raises Oversight Concerns

Rauner Privatization Idea Raises Oversight Concerns

Gov. Bruce Rauner says his plan to privatize the state's economic development agency will improve job creation in Illinois, but similar plans in other states have raised concerns about transparency and... Read »

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Chicago Moves to Further Regulate Crane Operators

Chicago Moves to Further Regulate Crane Operators

Chicago is in the midst of a construction boom, and now officials are turning their attention to the people who construct those buildings. NBC Chicago's Charlie Wojciechowski reports. Watch »

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Obama Library, Lucas Museum Climb Last Hurdle

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday strengthening the city's legal ability to build the project on public park land. Read »

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 7:04 PM

No One-Year Contract Extension for CPS Teachers

No One-Year Contract Extension for CPS Teachers

Thursday was the last day the cash-strapped and shaken school district could offer the extension permitted in the teachers’ current contract. Read »

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Chicago to Get Obama Presidential Library

The final selection is expected to be connected to the University of Chicago, but the final site has not been settled upon. Read »

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 5:10 PM

Rauner to Restore $26 Million in Grant Cuts

Rauner to Restore $26 Million in Grant Cuts

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office said Thursday that an unexpected windfall of revenue from income tax receipts will allow the state to restore $26 million in grants for services including autism treatment, indigent... Read »

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Where is Aaron Schock?

Where is Aaron Schock?

Where is Aaron Schock? An attorney for a campaign donor suing the former Illinois congressman has told a federal judge he can't locate the Republican who resigned in March amid questions about his spending. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 5:55 PM
Zopp Weighs Primary Challenge to Duckworth

Zopp Weighs Primary Challenge to Duckworth

Andrea Zopp, the head of the Chicago Urban League, says she's considering her first campaign for elected office. NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015 at 11:51 AM

Former Illinois Gov. Dan Walker Dies at 92

Former Illinois Gov. Daniel Walker passed away Wednesday at a veteran’s hospital in California, his son confirmed. Walker was 92 years old. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 at 6:00 AM

McCarthy to Go on Listening Tour

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says he and other top department officials will meet with residents and community leaders to hear their concerns about policing. 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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