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Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 7:20 PM

Emanuel Criticizes Rauner for Lack of Leadership

Emanuel Criticizes Rauner for Lack of Leadership

As Illinois' budget stalemate continues, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invoked President John F. Kennedy as he criticized Governor Bruce Rauner for his leadership as the impasse continues. Read »

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 11:47 PM

GOP Leaders Reverse Course, Meet With Democrats

GOP and Democratic leaders met on Sunday in Springfield, and House Speaker Mike Madigan made new demands as the sides negotiated a deal for a budget compromise. Read »

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 at 10:39 PM

Madigan, Durkin Issue Statements on Budget Stalemate

As the state’s budget impasse continues unabated, the leaders of the Democratic and Republican caucuses in the State House issued statements on the situation Saturday night. Read »

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Obama Foundation Seeks Library Construction Management Firms

The Obama Foundation is looking for firms interesting in managing construction for the planned presidential library in Chicago. Read »

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 at 1:31 PM

Illinois Could Be First State With 'Junk' Credit

Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come. Read »

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 at 8:10 PM
Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines

Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines

Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin discuss the latest political headlines around Illinois in this week's edition of Deep Dish. Watch »

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 at 9:55 PM

Gun Bill Bipartisanship But Far Apart on Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a stronger gun bill that has been repeatedly pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Supt. Eddie Johnson as well as former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Read »

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 at 2:36 PM

Chicagoans Tell Trump What's Actually Going On in the City

Chicagoans Tell Trump What's Actually Going On in the City

President Donald Trump spotlighted Chicago this week, mentioning the city during a speech to supporters in Iowa, but this time, social media responded in a different way. Read »

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 at 2:31 PM

Cullerton Calls Budget Special Session a 'Political Stunt'

Senate President John Cullerton says his chamber has previously accomplished everything Gov. Bruce Rauner has outlined on a special session agenda called to force a budget deal. Read »

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 at 10:54 AM

Stalling Special Session Costs Tax Payers $40K Per Day

House Speaker Mike Madigan won't meet with Gov. Bruce Rauner in Springfield Thursday, but there is the first sign of budget negotiations happening behind the scenes. Read »

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