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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... 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 »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:32 AM

Rep. Gutierrez, Hispanic Dems Kicked Out of Meeting with ICE

Rep. Gutierrez, Hispanic Dems Kicked Out of Meeting with ICE

Rep. Luis Gutierrez was among a group of Hispanic congressmen barred from a meeting Thursday with a top federal immigration enforcement official. Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Congressman Compares Trump Presidency to ‘Stranger Things'

During a speech Thursday on the House floor Thursday, Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, of Rhode Island, compared the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency to the fictional netherworld from Netflix’s popular series “Stranger Things.” Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Trump Once Again Bemoans 'Horrendous' Chicago Violence

Trump Once Again Bemoans 'Horrendous' Chicago Violence

President Donald Trump referenced the “horrendous situation” in Chicago Thursday as he touted the formation of a new federal task force targeting the nation’s violent crime. Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Former Obama Aide Fined For Illegal Uber Lobbying: Report

Former Obama Aide Fined For Illegal Uber Lobbying: Report

A former Barack Obama campaign manager who was also once a senior executive for Uber was fined $90,000 after he illegally lobbied Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the rideshare app, the Chicago Tribune is reporting. Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 1:42 PM

Illinois Sens. Low on Office Supplies Due to Budget Impasse

Illinois Sens. Low on Office Supplies Due to Budget Impasse

Illinois senators were reportedly told this week to conserve paper, printer ink and toner after the Senate's office supply vendor stopped accepting orders due to a lack of payment related to the state’s nearly two-year budget impasse. Read »

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Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is "in play" as a possible contender to be named Donald Trump's running mate at next month's GOP convention, sources familiar with the vice presidential search tell NBC News. An individual knowledgeable of conversations about the decision tells NBC News that Pence was made aware several weeks ago through an intermediary that he was being considered for the VP slot. Officials close to the governor stress that Pence has had absolutely no direct contact with the Trump campaign since before Indiana's primary in April. Pence, who is running for his own re-election this November, endorsed Ted Cruz over Trump in the primary contest but noted at the time that the real estate mogul has "given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with the lack of progress in Washington, D.C." In a news conference on Thursday, Pence declined to say whether or not he is being vetted, and there are other possible picks for the job, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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 decision.

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.

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