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Prosecutors: Rod Blagojevich Isn't 'Deserving of Leniency'

Prosecutors: Rod Blagojevich Isn't 'Deserving of Leniency'

Federal prosecutors say statements that imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made prove he isn't "deserving of leniency."  A resentencing hearing is scheduled next month for Blagoj... Read »

2 hours ago
Democratic National Convention Kicks Off

Democratic National Convention Kicks Off

First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and many more spoke during the first night of the Democratic National Convention. NBC5's Mary Ann Ahern is in Philadelphia with more details. Watch »

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 at 5:41 PM
Democratic National Convention Begins Amid Controversy

Democratic National Convention Begins Amid Controversy

The Democratic National Convention began Monday afternoon amid controversy. A hacked release of thousands of DNC emails revealed the party leadership favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during primary... Watch »

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Durbin Deflects Speculation About Gubernatorial Run at DNC

Durbin Deflects Speculation About Gubernatorial Run at DNC

Sen. Dick Durbin deflected questions about a potential run for governor as Illinois Democrats gathered in Philadelphia to kick off the Democratic National Convention Monday. Read »

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 at 5:54 PM

State Rep. Sandack Resigns, Citing 'Cyber Security Issues'

State Rep. Sandack Resigns, Citing 'Cyber Security Issues'

Illinois Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, a close ally of Gov. Bruce Rauner, resigned Sunday, citing “cyber security issues.” Read »

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Scheduled to Speak at DNC Monday

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Scheduled to Speak at DNC Monday

Rep. Luis Gutierrez is scheduled to give a speech at the Democratic National Convention Monday night. Read »

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 at 3:34 PM

Hastert Lawyer Says Individual A’s Lawsuit Should be Tossed

Hastert Lawyer Says Individual A’s Lawsuit Should be Tossed

The sordid secrets in Dennis Hastert’s past began to fully unravel in March 2015, when federal agents approached one of his alleged victims to find out why Hastert was paying him hundreds of thousands of... Read »

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 at 8:53 AM
Democrats Seek Display of Unity Despite Leadership Shuffle

Democrats Seek Display of Unity Despite Leadership Shuffle

Democrats are opening their national convention in Philadelphia eager to show off a forward-looking party united behind Hillary Clinton, but they face lingering bitterness among supporters of defeated rival... Watch »

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 at 8:29 AM

Indiana GOP Leaders Nearing Vote on Pence Ballot Replacement

Indiana GOP Leaders Nearing Vote on Pence Ballot Replacement

Republicans hoping to take Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's place on the November ballot have one more full day of jockeying ahead of them before state Republican Party leaders make their pick. Read »

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 at 7:29 AM

Hastert Attorney Wants Breach-of-Contract Lawsuit Dismissed

Hastert Attorney Wants Breach-of-Contract Lawsuit Dismissed

An attorney for Dennis Hastert has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a victim of sexual abuse seeking outstanding hush-money payments from the imprisoned former U.S. House speaker. Read »

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