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Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 4:14 PM

Wide-Ranging Issues Await Lawmakers' Return to Springfield

Wide-Ranging Issues Await Lawmakers' Return to Springfield

The Illinois General Assembly - unable to reach a budget deal in more than two years - will make one more try this week. Read »

5 hours ago

In 1st Post-Presidency Speech, Obama Reveals His New Focus

Former President Barack Obama made his first public appearance since leaving the White House on Monday, holding a conversation with young leaders at the University of Chicago while revealing plans to use... Read »

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Illinois Democrats Aim High With Minimum Wage Proposals

Illinois Democrats Aim High With Minimum Wage Proposals

Amid a national push by unions and worker advocates for a $15 minimum wage, Illinois Democrats hope to pass an ambitious hike during the spring legislative session, despite a warning from Republican Gov. Read »

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Illinois Receives $16M to Fight Opioid Addiction Crisis

Illinois is receiving more than $16 million in federal money to help fight a prescription drug addiction crisis. Read »

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 9:03 PM
Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines

Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines

Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin discuss the latest Illinois political headlines in this edition of Deep Dish. Watch »

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 8:58 PM

Expanding Abortion Coverage Too Controversial: Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he no longer supports expanding abortion coverage for state workers and Medicaid recipients because it's too controversial and Illinois needs to focus on other issues such as creating... Read »

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 8:11 PM

Obama Announces First Post-Presidency Appearance

Former President Barack Obama will come to Chicago Monday to make his first public appearance since leaving the White House. Obama will discuss community organizing and civic engagement at the University... Read »

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 at 7:49 PM

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Blago's Sentence

Acting with stunning speed, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s latest bid for freedom Friday, virtually guaranteeing he will serve the majority of his 14 year... Read »

Monday, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:25 AM

Coin Toss Decides Next Leader of Southern Illinois Town

Coin Toss Decides Next Leader of Southern Illinois Town

A coin flip has decided who will lead a tiny southern Illinois town after an election this month ended in a tie. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 at 8:02 PM

Ricketts Withdraws From Consideration for Trump's Cabinet

Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, President Donald Trump's pick for deputy commerce secretary, has withdrawn from consideration. Read »

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