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2 hours ago

NBC 5 Exclusive: Rauner Talks Trump, Chicago Crime, Schools

In an exclusive interview with NBC 5’s Zoraida Sambolin Tuesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner championed reforms for redistricting and term limits before sidestepping questions about Republican presidential nominee Donald... Read »

6 hours ago

Rauner Pushes Redistricting Reform, Term Limits

During an interview with NBC 5’s Zoraida Sambolin Tuesday morning, Gov. Bruce Rauner continued to push for redistricting reform despite a recent ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court that will keep the... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 at 7:39 AM
Gov. Rauner Discusses Reform, Trump, Budget Crisis

Gov. Rauner Discusses Reform, Trump, Budget Crisis

Gov. Bruce Rauner joined NBC 5’s Zoraida Sambolin to discuss his latest calls for reform, why he hasn’t publicly spoken on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and the controversial comments made... Watch »

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 at 6:45 AM

Rauner Vetoes $15 Wage for Caregivers, Expanded Child Care

Rauner Vetoes $15 Wage for Caregivers, Expanded Child Care

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed measures that would increase wages for workers who care for those with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families. Read »

5 hours ago

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 »

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016 at 5:54 AM

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 »

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