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Monday, Aug 29, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Pence Defends Trump's Response to Nykea Aldridge Shooting

Pence Defends Trump's Response to Nykea Aldridge Shooting

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Sunday defended his running mate Donald Trump's controversial response to the "unimaginable" shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade. Read »

Monday, Aug 29, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Report: FBI Says Hackers Breached Illinois Voter System

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly warning election officials across the country after it found evidence that foreign hackers were able to infiltrate state election databases in Illinois... Read »

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 4:44 PM

Chance the Rapper Touches on Laquan McDonald Shooting

Chance the Rapper Touches on Laquan McDonald Shooting

During an interview with GQ released this week, Chance the Rapper reflected on the fatal 2014 police-involved shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald. Read »

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Mayor Emanuel, Brothers Reflect on Childhood in Chicago

Mayor Emanuel, Brothers Reflect on Childhood in Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have grown up like many other rambunctious children with two brothers, but there was something about his childhood that may have primed him for success. Read »

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Illinois Named One of the Worst States to Live in for Taxes

Illinois Named One of the Worst States to Live in for Taxes

Illinois was ranked one of the nation’s worst states for taxes in a new survey released Thursday by financial forecaster Kiplinger. Read »

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 5:10 PM

CTU to Vote on Tentative October Strike Date: Sources

Chicago Public Schools teachers will be heading to work on Monday, but talks of a potential strike are ongoing and sources say the teachers union is eyeing a date in October. Read »

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 9:13 PM

Mayor Emanuel Briefs Aldermen on Changes to Chicago's IPRA

After months of promising to revamp the Chicago agency that investigates police misconduct, Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a brief and reportedly contentious appearance in front of Chicago aldermen Thursday... Read »

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Emanuel: Ambassador to Israel Rumors Are 'Ridiculous'

Emanuel: Ambassador to Israel Rumors Are 'Ridiculous'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded to rumors Thursday that he could be the next U.S. ambassador to Israel. Read »

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 2:43 PM
Emanuel Unveils Plans for New Tennis Facility in Chicago

Emanuel Unveils Plans for New Tennis Facility in Chicago

What used to be a housing project in Washington Park will soon be transformed into a tennis and academic mecca for South Side children, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced. Kye Martin reports. Watch »

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 2:48 PM

Poll: Chicago Voters Trust Rahm Over Rauner on City Budget

Poll: Chicago Voters Trust Rahm Over Rauner on City Budget

A new poll conducted for the Illinois Economic Policy Institute shows that Chicago voters trust Mayor Rahm Emanuel to handle Chicago's budget over Gov. Bruce Rauner. Read »

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