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Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 10:47 PM
Illinois Delegates Head to the Democratic Convention

Illinois Delegates Head to the Democratic Convention

The Democratic convention is scheduled to begin in Philadelphia on Monday, and NBC5's Mary Ann Ahern has the latest details. Watch »

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 6:04 PM
From Cleveland to Philadelphia: Focus Shifts to DNC

From Cleveland to Philadelphia: Focus Shifts to DNC

The Democratic National Convention begins Monday. Mary Ann Ahern reports live from Philadelphia. Watch »

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 9:19 PM

Poll: Kirk, Duckworth Still Tight; Clinton Pulls Ahead

Poll: Kirk, Duckworth Still Tight; Clinton Pulls Ahead

Sen. Mark Kirk is leading Rep. Tammy Duckworth by a slim margin in his bid for reelection, while presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a large lead in Illinois, a new poll... Read »

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Rauner Apologizes for Controversial CPS E-Mail

During a press conference in Chicago Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner apologized Friday for calling half of Chicago Public School teachers “illiterate” and half of the district’s principals “incompetent." Read »

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Duckworth to Speak at Democratic National Convention

Duckworth to Speak at Democratic National Convention

Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s campaign confirmed Friday that the congresswoman will speak at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Read »

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 6:29 AM

Rauner Once Called Chicago Teachers 'Virtually Illiterate'

Rauner Once Called Chicago Teachers 'Virtually Illiterate'

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was forced to issue an apology Thursday for contending in an email sent in 2011 that half of Chicago Public Schools teachers "are virtually illiterate" and half of its princ... Read »

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 at 11:44 PM

Trump References Chicago Violence During RNC Speech

Chicago's violence was once again spotlighted on a national level as Donald Trump mentioned the city's headline-making shootings during his speech Thursday at the Republican National Convention. Read »

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 at 8:15 PM

Duckworth Draws Scrutiny Over Tweet About Kirk, Trump

Duckworth Draws Scrutiny Over Tweet About Kirk, Trump

Rep. Tammy Duckworth allegedly made false claims about Sen. Mark Kirk last month, accusing the senator of calling for the mass arrest of 18,000 African-Americans and supporting presumptive Republican presidenti... Read »

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 at 6:42 PM
Day 4 of GOP Convention: More Protests

Day 4 of GOP Convention: More Protests

Protests continued once again for the fourth day of the GOP convention in Cleveland. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 at 6:29 PM
Trump's Moment: Nominee to Make His Case, Close Convention

Trump's Moment: Nominee to Make His Case, Close Convention

It's Donald Trump's moment to make his case to the country — and to the many rattled doubters in his own party. Carol Marin reports. Watch »

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

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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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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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