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3 hours ago

Illinois House Adjourns Without Passing State Budget

Hours before the midnight deadline to pass a state budget and avoid a government shutdown, the Illinois House adjourned without making a budget deal. Read »

5 hours ago

Rauner Cuts Spending From Already-Approved Projects

Rauner Cuts Spending From Already-Approved Projects

Gov. Bruce Rauner has cut $68 million in already-funded road construction or other bricks-and-mortar projects. Read »

6 hours ago

Rauner Personnel Agency Says Full Payroll Could Be Met

A letter obtained by The Associated Press shows that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's personnel agency has concluded that he should continue paying state employees full wages during a budget impasse. Read »

3 hours ago

CPS Makes Full $634 Million Pension Payment

Chicago Public Schools made the full payment of $634 million to the teachers' pension fund before the midnight deadline. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 at 2:57 PM

House Won't Vote on Chicago Schools Pension Relief Bill

House Won't Vote on Chicago Schools Pension Relief Bill

The sponsor of a bill to give Chicago Public Schools a 40-day reprieve for making a $634 million pension payment says she won't call it for a vote. Read »

6 hours ago

How State Budget Cuts Could Affect Residents

How State Budget Cuts Could Affect Residents

An Illinois state government shutdown looms as lawmakers work to pass a budget before the end of the day. If no budget is passed, Illinoisans could face a number of cuts in state services. Read »

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 11:24 PM

Ill. Government Shutdown Looms as Budget Deadline Nears

Time is running out for Illinois legislators to pass a budget before opening up the possibility of the first state government shutdown in Illinois history. Read »

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 11:24 PM

Legislators Meet With Rauner, Report No Progress

The four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly met with Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday, less than 48 hours before a deadline to have a state budget deal in place. Read »

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 9:29 PM

Trump Addresses Immigration, NBC in City Club Speech

Three hundred lucky people snagged tickets to Donald Trump's speech at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, where the billionaire presidential candidate spoke about immigration, among other issues. Read »

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 5:52 AM

Donald Trump to Speak at City Club of Chicago

Donald Trump to Speak at City Club of Chicago

Following his recent announcement of a presidential bid, celebrity businessman Donald Trump will speak at the City Club of Chicago Monday. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

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

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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