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3 hours ago

Illinois Judge Rules in Favor of Lawmakers Seeking Pay

Illinois Judge Rules in Favor of Lawmakers Seeking Pay

A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that Illinois lawmakers must be paid on time despite their failure to pass a budget, which has caused a pileup of more than $12.8 billion worth of unpaid bills. Read »

4 hours ago

'Surge Pricing' at Wrigley Parking Meters Could Expand

'Surge Pricing' at Wrigley Parking Meters Could Expand

It appears Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for "surge pricing" at parking meters around Wrigley Field could potentially expand to other parts of Chicago. Read »

6 hours ago

Mastermind Behind CPS Kickback Scheme to be Sentenced

Mastermind Behind CPS Kickback Scheme to be Sentenced

The mastermind of a massive kickback scandal that took down former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett faces sentencing in a federal courtroom Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. Read »

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 at 3:22 PM

Bills to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Introduced in Ill.

Bills to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Introduced in Ill.

Separate pieces of legislation aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana use in Illinois were submitted to the state general assembly Wednesday. Read »

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 at 2:41 PM

Rush Cancels DC Trip as Health Care Vote is Postponed

Congressman Bobby Rush, who is mourning the loss of his wife after she passed away last week, was going to fly to Washington D.C. for the vote on the new GOP health care plan, but has changed his travel... Read »

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:21 AM

Officer in Laquan McDonald Shooting Faces New Charges

New charges have been filed against the Chicago police officer who fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, according to court documents released Thursday. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 at 11:25 PM
Disability Rights Advocates Rally Against Trump's Repeal and Replace Plan

Disability Rights Advocates Rally Against Trump's Repeal and Replace Plan

With the vote in the House of Representatives Thursday -- those who rely on current health care plan are worried it will leave them without the coverage they need. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 at 8:21 PM

Illinois Governor Announces Cybersecurity Plan

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has unveiled a broad-based cybersecurity plan. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 at 6:03 PM

Activists Seek New Law to Keep Funerals Safe from Violence

As Chicago’s violence continues to reach new levels, activists say a moment that was once off limits is now making vulnerable, grieving families targets. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 at 5:43 PM

Illinois Lawmakers Reject 'Barack Obama Day': Report

Illinois Lawmakers Reject 'Barack Obama Day': Report

Tributes to former President Obama have abounded since he left office last month, but some Illinois lawmakers are looking to honor their former colleague in a way that literally only they can. Read »

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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 individual knowledgeable of conversations about the decision tells NBC News that Pence was made aware several weeks ago through an intermediary that he was being considered for the VP slot. Officials close to the governor stress that Pence has had absolutely no direct contact with the Trump campaign since before Indiana's primary in April. Pence, who is running for his own re-election this November, endorsed Ted Cruz over Trump in the primary contest but noted at the time that the real estate mogul has "given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with the lack of progress in Washington, D.C." In a news conference on Thursday, Pence declined to say whether or not he is being vetted, and there are other possible picks for the job, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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 decision.

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.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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