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New Poll Shows Clinton’s Lead Shrinking in Illinois

New Poll Shows Clinton’s Lead Shrinking in Illinois

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s lead in Illinois has shrunk by six points since August, according to a new Victory Research poll. Read »

12 minutes ago

Emanuel Responds to CBOE’s $3.2 Billion Deal to Acquire Bats

Emanuel Responds to CBOE’s $3.2 Billion Deal to Acquire Bats

Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded Monday to the Chicago's CBOE Holding, Inc.'s $3.2 billion acquisition of Bats Global Markets, Inc., lauding the sale as another step in the right direction for the city's economy. Read »

4 hours ago

Twice-Postponed Trump Fundraiser Set for Wednesday: Report

Twice-Postponed Trump Fundraiser Set for Wednesday: Report

Donald Trump’s twice-postponed fundraiser at the Bolingbrook Golf Club is now set for Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Read »

4 hours ago

Giordano's Introduces ‘Presidential Candidate Pizzas’

Giordano's Introduces ‘Presidential Candidate Pizzas’

Chicago-based Giordano’s Pizzeria is introducing limited edition “Presidential Candidate Pizzas” featuring stencil images of either Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton or Republican presidential... Read »

Friday, Sep 23, 2016 at 6:54 PM

Race to Watch: Illinois Comptroller

Race to Watch: Illinois Comptroller

In the race for Illinois comptroller, incumbent Republican Leslie Munger faces a tough bid for re-election against Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, as well as added competition from Libertarian Party candidate... Read »

Friday, Sep 23, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Report: Chelsea Clinton to Attend Chicago Fundraiser

Report: Chelsea Clinton to Attend Chicago Fundraiser

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, was set to attend a fundraiser for her mother in Chicago Friday afternoon, the Chicago Tribune... Read »

Friday, Sep 23, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Report: Kirk, Duckworth Embellished 9/11 Stories

Report: Kirk, Duckworth Embellished 9/11 Stories

Both candidates in the race for the U.S. Senate, Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, have embellished stories about where they were and who they were with during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001,... Read »

Friday, Sep 23, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Emanuel’s Poll Numbers Spike Following Public Safety Address

Emanuel’s Poll Numbers Spike Following Public Safety Address

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s favorability rating jumped by more than 10 percent following his major public safety speech Thursday evening at Malcom X Junior College that outlined his plan to address Chicago’s pressing... Read »

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Ivanka Trump to Attend Two Illinois Fundraisers Next Week

Ivanka Trump to Attend Two Illinois Fundraisers Next Week

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, will headline a pair of Illinois fundraisers to benefit her father's campaign next Wednesday in Peoria and Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Trump Backs Up on Stop-and-Frisk, Says He Meant in Chicago

Trump Backs Up on Stop-and-Frisk, Says He Meant in Chicago

After calling for the use of the controversial "stop-and-frisk" police practice to combat crime on Wednesday, Donald Trump clarified his comments to say he really only meant in Chicago. Read »

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