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4 hours ago

Clinton Makes It Clear She Knows Many World Leaders

When it comes to world leaders, Hillary Clinton wants to be clear that she has lots of favorites. Read »

5 hours ago

Sen. Mark Kirk Turns Down Several Chicago Debates

Sen. Mark Kirk Turns Down Several Chicago Debates

With less than 40 days until the election, Senator Mark Kirk is changing the traditional plans for debates in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 at 4:14 PM

Commissioner Calls I-290 Shootings 'An Act of Terrorism'

Commissioner Calls I-290 Shootings 'An Act of Terrorism'

After two people were killed and one person injured in two separate shootings on the Eisenhower Expressway Thursday, a vocal area official is calling the shootings "an act of terrorism." Read »

Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Obama to Attend Duckworth Fundraiser in Chicago: Report

Obama to Attend Duckworth Fundraiser in Chicago: Report

President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s Senate campaign Oct. 9 on Chicago’s South Side, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet reports. Read »

Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 at 2:26 PM

Munger TV Ad Pushes ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Policy for Lawmakers

Munger TV Ad Pushes ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Policy for Lawmakers

Comptroller Leslie Munger released a campaign ad Wednesday focusing on her proposed “No Budget, No Pay” policy that would require a balanced budget to be passed in order for state lawmakers to be paid. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 4:59 PM

Biden Visits Chicago for Duckworth Fundraiser

Biden Visits Chicago for Duckworth Fundraiser

Vice President Joe Biden is in Chicago Wednesday to attend a fundraising dinner for Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s Senate bid. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 4:49 PM

Campaign Round-Up: Finance Limits Off in Comptroller Race

Campaign Round-Up: Finance Limits Off in Comptroller Race

Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up is a weekly column dedicated to keeping you in the know about the upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued coverage every Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 5:56 PM

CTU Announces Plan to Strike on Oct. 11

The Chicago Teachers Union’s governing body will meet in a special session Wednesday to determine the next steps, possibly setting a strike date, after teachers almost unanimously voted to authorize a strike... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Trump Attacks Hillary Clinton For Failing D.C. Bar Exam

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke at Chicago’s Polish National Alliance Wednesday morning, faulting his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, for failing the bar exam... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Trump Campaign Denies He's Sick After Chicago Speech

Trump Campaign Denies He's Sick After Chicago Speech

An uncharacteristically low-tempo speech in Chicago Wednesday paired with a noticeable congestion has fueled further questions about Trump's health following his infamous debate-night sniffles. Read »

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