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Illinois Pols Respond to Obama’s Statehouse Speech

Illinois Pols Respond to Obama’s Statehouse Speech

Members of the Illinois legislature praised President Barack Obama for his speech at the Capitol Wednesday, which acknowledged a “poisonous political climate" and encouraged unity and bipartisan. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates Square Off

Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates Square Off

This is the third edition of the Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up, a weekly posting dedicated to keeping voters informed about the state and county's upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 4:29 PM

Chicago Aldermen Propose Lowering 'Tampon Tax'

Chicago Aldermen Propose Lowering 'Tampon Tax'

Chicago could soon eliminate tampons and pads from a so-called “tampon tax” in the city under a new ordinance proposed by alderman who say the tax is unfair to women. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 4:15 PM

City Council Votes to Give Oversight to IG

City Council Votes to Give Oversight to IG

Chicago aldermen are expected to move on a measure Wednesday that would give oversight of the City Council to Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 3:36 PM

Then and Now: Obama Returns to Springfield

Then and Now: Obama Returns to Springfield

Nine years ago, President Barack Obama announced his candidacy in Springfield. On Wednesday, he returned to the same place where his presidential journey began to give a historic speech to the Illinois... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 at 9:00 PM

'I Missed You Guys': Obama Gives Historic Speech in Illinois

President Barack Obama arrived in Springfield Wednesday morning prepared to make history, becoming the fourth U.S. president to address the Illinois General Assembly. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 at 10:56 PM
Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump Winners in N.H.

Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump Winners in N.H.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders pulled away with victories in Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries. However, experts say the race is still up in the air. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Rauner to Suburban Leaders: State Should Try ‘to Be Average’

Rauner to Suburban Leaders: State Should Try ‘to Be Average’

During a town hall meeting with businesses and community leaders in Wheeling, Gov. Bruce Rauner discussed Illinois’ dire economic situation and stressed the need for the state to try “to be average.” Read »

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 at 4:44 PM

Illinoisans Support Candidates in NH Primary

Illinoisans Support Candidates in NH Primary

Prior to polls opening for the New Hampshire primary election, a handful of Illinoisans traveled to the state to volunteer for candidates John Kasich and Hilary Clinton. Read »

Monday, Feb 8, 2016 at 10:54 PM
New Hampshire Rallies Packed Ahead of Primary

New Hampshire Rallies Packed Ahead of Primary

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are expected to win the New Hampshire Primary -- but it may be much closer than the polls are showing. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

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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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