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Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 6:11 PM

Rauner Tells Republicans 'Revolution' is Coming: Sources

Day two of the Special Session in Springfield has Gov. Bruce Rauner Rauner meeting with his Republican caucus Thursday urging them to stick together in opposing the school funding bill. Read »

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Rauner to Illinois Dems: 'Turn In Your Homework'

Governor Bruce Rauner and top Republican leaders met the media on Thursday to issue a challenge to state Democrats: “turn in your homework.” Read »

Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 at 12:10 PM
What Changes to Medicaid Could Mean for Illinois

What Changes to Medicaid Could Mean for Illinois

Big changes could be coming to the program that covers one in five Americans. NBC 5's Alex Maragos looks at what that could mean for Illinois.  Watch »

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 5:55 PM

City Council Approves Red Light Camera Settlement

The Chicago City Council approved a settlement of a lawsuit over red light and speed cameras in the city, and dispersal of the nearly $40 million in money will begin soon. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 6:09 PM

Madigan Says He Believes House May Override SB 1 Veto

Speaker of the House Mike Madigan said for the first time Wednesday that he believes Democrats may have enough votes to override Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the school funding bill at the center... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 12:27 PM

Lawmakers Hold 'Service Day' in Protest of Special Session

Two House Democrats directly defied Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call to show up in Springfield over education funding Wednesday, choosing instead to hold a service day as a show of opposition to the special session. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Trump Calls Out Chicago's Violence After Sending Feds to City

President Donald Trump continued to call out Chicago's violence during a rally in Ohio Tuesday, weeks after federal authorities the president had promised to send arrived in the city. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 12:56 PM

Lawmakers Head to Springfield for Latest Special Session

Some, but not all, lawmakers are headed to Springfield Wednesday after Gov. Bruce Rauner called a special session on school funding this week. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 at 6:21 PM

2 House Dems to Boycott Special Session on School Funding

At least two state representatives plan to boycott the special session Gov. Bruce Rauner called on school funding this week. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Mayor Defends Diverting $55M in TIF Funds to Navy Pier Rehab

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended Monday his use of $55 million in TIF funds to renovate Navy Pier after mounting criticism over the decision. Read »

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