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Obamas Ask for Insight on Upcoming Presidential Library

Obamas Ask for Insight on Upcoming Presidential Library

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama asked supporters Friday for insight on the upcoming Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. Read »

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How Melania Trump Will Serve in Role of First Lady

Melania Trump promised an action plan when she arrived at the White House. Here... View gallery »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 6:20 PM
Ill. Lawmakers Have Mixed Reactions to Trump's Inauguration

Ill. Lawmakers Have Mixed Reactions to Trump's Inauguration

The eyes of the world are on Washington as Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday. But on Thursday, there was mixed reaction from Illinois lawmakers planning to attend. Carol Marin reports. Watch »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 6:10 PM
Trump Arrives in Washington Ahead of Inauguration

Trump Arrives in Washington Ahead of Inauguration

President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Washington for a whirlwind of festivities Thursday. First, a glitzy lunch at the Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Then, a symbolic visit to the Arlington National... Watch »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 6:03 PM

Rauner Once Again Attempting to Sell Thompson Center: Report

Rauner Once Again Attempting to Sell Thompson Center: Report

Gov. Bruce Rauner and top Illinois Republicans are trying again to sell and demolish Chicago’s James R. Thompson Center, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Read »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 5:29 PM

Patti Blagojevich Shares Letters from Daughters

In heartfelt pleas, former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s daughters begged President Barack Obama to free their father from Federal Prison. Those pleas fell on deaf ears. Read »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 4:16 PM

Durbin Explains Decision to Attend Trump’s Inauguration

Sen. Dick Durbin said Thursday that while he disagrees with President-elect Donald Trump on many issues, he, unlike many of his colleagues, will still be standing by Trump's side during his inauguration Friday. Read »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 3:01 PM

Chicago Skyline Gets New Addition in 2017

Chicago Skyline Gets New Addition in 2017

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday broke ground on a 57-story building at 800 S. Michigan Ave. Emanuel boasted that the building, located in the South Loop, will create more than 400 jobs. Read »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 3:14 PM

With 50K Expected, Women's March on Chicago Changes Location

As crowd estimations for the Women's March on Chicago grow to more than 50,000, organizers have once again shifted the start location of the march and rally. Read »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 2:14 PM

Blago Not on List of Obama's Final Batch of Commutations

Blago Not on List of Obama's Final Batch of Commutations

With just one day left in his presidency, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of several drug offenders Thursday, but despite pleas from his supporters and family, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was... Read »

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

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

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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Rahm Emanuel

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Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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Michael Madigan

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

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Ed Burke

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