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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 »

2 hours ago

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 »

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 at 10:08 AM

Rauner Plans Unusual Joint Meeting With GOP Caucus

Just one day after calling a special session on education funding, Gov. Bruce Rauner is apparently planning a highly-unusual meeting of Republican House and Senate lawmakers. Read »

Monday, Jul 24, 2017 at 7:20 PM

Rauner Calls Special Session Over School Funding

Governor Bruce Rauner called lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session Monday after lawmakers missed his deadline to send an education funding bill to his desk. Read »

Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 at 9:02 PM

Kennedy Lays Out Plan to Curb Chicago Gun Violence

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy spoke at the Solution to End Violence Forum over the weekend in Chicago, and he announced a plan to address the gun violence in the city. Read »

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