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Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Jackson Jr. Urges Obama to Pardon Millions of Ex-Inmates

Jackson Jr. Urges  Obama to Pardon Millions of Ex-Inmates

Jesse Jackson Jr. urged President Barack Obama Thursday to pardon millions of former prison inmates, a group that would include Jackson and his wife, former Ald. Sani Jackson. Read »

Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 6:02 PM

State Lawmakers Sue to Restore Timely Pay

A group of Illinois representatives have filed a lawsuit looking to end a divisive policy pushed by Republican leaders that withholds state government paycheck until other bills are paid. Read »

Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 1:46 PM

What’s Next for the CPS Pension Bill Rauner Vetoed?

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a $215 million funding bill for Chicago Public Schools that would aid with the struggling district’s teachers pensions, but the Illinois House adjourned Thursday evening without... Read »

Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:56 AM

Gov. Rauner Signs Massive Energy Bill

Gov. Rauner Signs Massive Energy Bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a massive energy plan Thursday that will bailout two struggling Exelon nuclear power plants. Read »

Friday, Dec 2, 2016 at 6:25 PM
Deep Dish: This Week's Top Political Stories

Deep Dish: This Week's Top Political Stories

Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have the top political stories for the week of Nov. 28 in this edition of "Deep Dish." Watch »

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 at 4:04 PM

Foxx Sworn in as Cook County State's Attorney

Foxx Sworn in as Cook County State's Attorney

Recently-elected Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was sworn in Thursday, becoming the first African-American woman to hold the office. Read »

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Senate Overrides Rauner Veto of CPS Funding Bill

The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a $215 million funding bill for Chicago Public Schools that would aid the financially struggling district with teacher pensions, but... Read »

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Rauner Vetoes $215 Million in CPS Funding

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a $215 million funding bill for Chicago Public Schools Thursday, claiming Democratic leaders backed out of a deal to pass comprehensive pension reform by the end of the current... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Chicago City Council Approves Funding for Red, Purple Lines

The Chicago City Council unanimously approved a transit tax-increment financing Wednesday to fund reconstruction efforts for the CTA’s Purple and Red lines that could lead to $1.1 billion in federal grant... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Illinois GOP Launches New Blog Slamming ‘Boss Madigan’

Illinois GOP Launches New Blog Slamming ‘Boss Madigan’

After House Speaker Michael Madigan failed to show up to a Tuesday budget meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner and other state leaders, the Illinois Republican Party launched a blog attacking his “web of influence”... Read »

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