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Kennedy Continues to Explore Gubernatorial Bid: Report

Kennedy Continues to Explore Gubernatorial Bid: Report

Businessman Chris Kennedy is reportedly gearing up for a potential 2018 gubernatorial, Politico reports. Read »

3 hours ago

Sen. Mark Kirk Praised During Senate Floor Send-Off

Sen. Mark Kirk Praised During Senate Floor Send-Off

Outgoing Sen. Mark Kirk was praised on the Senate floor Tuesday by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, lauding the fellow Republicans recovery from a "debilitating” 2012 stroke. Read »

2 hours ago

Mayor Emanuel Meets With President-Elect Trump

Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday morning at Trump Tower in New York City, touching on a variety of issues, including transportation, investment in infrastructure, job creation... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 at 5:17 AM

Rauner to Sign Exelon Subsidy to Spare 2 Nuclear Plants

Rauner to Sign Exelon Subsidy to Spare 2 Nuclear Plants

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to sign legislation that provides billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. so the power giant can keep unprofitable nuclear plants running in Clinton and... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:27 AM

Madigan: Rauner Helping 'Wealthy Friends and Corporations'

Madigan: Rauner Helping 'Wealthy Friends and Corporations'

Following Tuesday’s leaders meeting in Chicago, House Speaker Michael Madigan accused Gov. Bruce Rauner of holding the state budget hostage to “help his wealthy friends and corporations.” Read »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Rep. Bustos Elected to Democratic House Leadership Role

Rep. Bustos Elected to Democratic House Leadership Role

After being elected to a leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus Monday, Rep. Cheri Bustos is primed to shape outreach and communications efforts for a party that suffered a series of pivotal losses... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 at 12:51 PM

Prosecutors Seek Gag Order in Case Against Aaron Schock

Prosecutors Seek Gag Order in Case Against Aaron Schock

Federal prosecutors are seeking a gag order in their fraud and tax case against former congressman Aaron Schock. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Emanuel Urges Rauner to Support Chicago as Sanctuary City

Emanuel Urges Rauner to Support Chicago as Sanctuary City

Mayor Rahm Emanuel sponsored a resolution that calls on Gov. Bruce Rauner to publicly support his efforts to promote Chicago as a sanctuary city for immigrants, according to the Chicago Tribune. Read »

Monday, Dec 5, 2016 at 8:09 PM

Foxx Eyes Special Prosecutors for Police-Involved Shootings

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx released her transition report Monday, outlining her intent to appoint special prosecutors to investigate police-involved shootings. Read »

Monday, Dec 5, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Uncertainty Ahead as State Budget Deadlock Continues

Homeless shelters in Illinois and low-income college students who rely on state funds are facing another year of financial uncertainty as Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and majority Democratic lawmakers remain... 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.

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Rahm Emanuel

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Scott Walker

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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.

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Ed Burke

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