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2 hours ago

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... Read »

40 minutes ago

General Assembly Passes Stopgap Budget Compromise

The Illinois General Assembly approved a temporary budget compromise Thursday that will ensure schools open this fall and state services continue through the end of the year. The bills now await approval from... Read »

3 hours ago

Reporter Plans to Cut Budget Beard Stopgap Funding Passed

Reporter Plans to Cut Budget Beard Stopgap Funding Passed

The reporter who vowed not to shave his beard until a budget deal is reached in Springfield has decided to chop off the facial hair if lawmakers approve a stopgap funding compromise Thursday. Read »

2 hours ago
Budget Negotiations Continue in Springfield

Budget Negotiations Continue in Springfield

Lawmakers continue to negotiate during a special legislative session in Springfield as the state approaches one year with no budget. Watch »

4 hours ago

Obama Foundation Announces Chicago Library Architects

Obama Foundation Announces Chicago Library Architects

The Barack Obama Foundation says the New York architects behind the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts will partner with a Chicago firm in designing the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago's... Read »

5 hours ago

Illinois' Budget Impasse Gets 'Daily Show' Treatment

Illinois’ ongoing budget battle may have no clear end in sight, but that didn’t stop “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” from taking on the crisis in the latest installment of “Jordan Klepper’s Happy Endings.” Read »

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 at 9:08 PM

Rauner, Lawmakers Reach Tentative Stopgap Funding Deal

Lawmakers will return to Springfield Thursday to potentially vote on a compromise that would keep the state government running for the next six months and fund schools for the upcoming fiscal year. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Ditka Says He Hasn't 'Made Up His Mind' About GOP Convention

Ditka Says He Hasn't 'Made Up His Mind' About GOP Convention

Despite reports that Mike Ditka will be at the Republican National Convention among other sports icons next month, Da Coach says he has not yet accepted the invitation from Da Donald. Read »

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 at 8:49 AM

'Enough': Front Page Editorials Urge End to Budget Impasse

'Enough': Front Page Editorials Urge End to Budget Impasse

A handful of Illinois newspapers printed front page editorial urging lawmakers to pass a budget Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Records Show How Much Illinois Owes in Utility Bills for Peoria

Records Show How Much Illinois Owes in Utility Bills for Peoria

Public records show that the Illinois Department of Corrections owes nearly $82,000 in utility payments for its facility in Peoria. 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...

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.

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