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Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Penalties in Illinois

Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Penalties in Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday making marijuana possession in small amounts punishable by fines but not jail time. Read »

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Obamas Hope Chicago Library Will 'Give Back to the People'

Obamas Hope Chicago Library Will 'Give Back to the People'

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have chosen Chicago's historic Jackson Park as the site for the Obama Presidential Center, a source familiar with the process confirmed to NBC News. Read »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 11:41 PM
Hillary's Moment: 'We Are Not Afraid'

Hillary's Moment: 'We Are Not Afraid'

Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself Thursday night as a unifier for divided times, steeled for a volatile world by decades in politics that have left some Americans skeptical of... Watch »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 11:23 PM

AG: Plaintiffs Can’t Back Out of Duckworth Suit Settlement

AG: Plaintiffs Can’t Back Out of Duckworth Suit Settlement

The Illinois Attorney General’s office confirmed Thursday that the plaintiffs in a workplace retaliation lawsuit against Rep. Tammy Duckworth can’t refuse their settlement offer and that the case isn't going to... Read »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 7:14 PM
Clinton Set to Accept Democratic Party's Nomination Thursday

Clinton Set to Accept Democratic Party's Nomination Thursday

Chicago-born Hillary Clinton is set to accept the Democratic Party's nomination for president Thursday. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Emanuel Left ‘Under the Bus’ in Obama’s DNC Video

A video introducing President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday noted that Mayor Rahm Emanuel advised Obama to abandon the Affordable Care Act during his time as the president’s chief... Read »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Duckworth at DNC: Trump 'Not Fit to Be Commander-in-Chief'

Duckworth at DNC: Trump 'Not Fit to Be Commander-in-Chief'

Rep. Tammy Duckworth addressed the delegation at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, slamming Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Read »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Rauner Unveils Changes to Illinois Lottery

Rauner Unveils Changes to Illinois Lottery

The state of Illinois will dump the current company running the Illinois Lottery and look for a new private management partner, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday. Read »

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
Third Night of the DNC Brings High-Profile Speakers

Third Night of the DNC Brings High-Profile Speakers

12 years after the convention speech that launched his journey to the White House, President Barack Obama gives the final convention speech of his presidency Wednesday night. NBC5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 at 11:34 PM
Biden, Obama Urge Voters to Support Clinton at DNC

Biden, Obama Urge Voters to Support Clinton at DNC

Sen. Tim Kaine, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Barack Obama took the stage on the third night of the Democratic National Convention to urge voters to support Hillary Clinton, and condemn Donald... Watch »

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Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is "in play" as a possible contender to be named Donald Trump's running mate at next month's GOP convention, sources familiar with the vice presidential search tell NBC News. An...

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Rahm Emanuel

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

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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.

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Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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