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Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 8:50 PM
25 Immigrants Sworn in As Citizens at Chicago's City Hall

25 Immigrants Sworn in As Citizens at Chicago's City Hall

The current political climate, some of the new citizens said, is part of the reason they took part in the naturalization ceremony. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Durbin Travels to Eastern Europe to Discuss Russian Threat

Durbin Travels to Eastern Europe to Discuss Russian Threat

Sen. Dick Durbin is meeting with leaders in three eastern European countries to discuss recent Russian aggression and interference in democratic elections. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 1:43 PM

Lewandowski at U of C: Trump's Team Has 'Not Prepared' Him

Lewandowski at U of C: Trump's Team Has 'Not Prepared' Him

During an appearance last week at the University of Chicago, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandoski criticized the president’s current staff for not properly preparing him for the job. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Congresswoman Bustos: 'I Am Not Going to Run for Governor'

Congresswoman Bustos: 'I Am Not Going to Run for Governor'

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has decided she will not join the list of Democrats interested in running against Governor Bruce Rauner in 2018. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 8:01 PM

Demonstrators Gather for 'Not My Presidents Day' Protest

Exactly one month after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, Chicagoans gathered near his eponymous skyscraper in protest of his policies on Monday. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Obama Library Architects Say Project May Need $1.5B: Report

Obama Library Architects Say Project May Need $1.5B: Report

Former President Barack Obama may need some additional cash flow to get the Obama Presidential Center built in Chicago, according to a report. Read »

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 at 11:32 AM

A Look at How Illinois' Budget Fight Has Affected Residents

The fight over Illinois' state budget has been directly felt by more than 1 million residents, from people with disabilities to seniors and college students. It also has exacerbated the state's already pathetic financial situation. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 10:24 PM

Illinois House Panel to Consider Thompson Center Sale

Illinois House Panel to Consider Thompson Center Sale

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says the lawmakers will consider a plan to sell the Thompson Center government office building in downtown Chicago. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 7:48 PM
Deep Dish: Running For Governor

Deep Dish: Running For Governor

Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin discuss the latest political headlines. Watch »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Bob Michel, Former Illinois Congressman, Dies at 93

Bob Michel, Former Illinois Congressman, Dies at 93

Former Rep. Bob Michel, a Republican who served in Congress for 38 years, died of pnuemonia Friday at the age of 93. Read »

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