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Soda Tax Opponents Rally to Demand Repeal

Soda Tax Opponents Rally to Demand Repeal

Opponents of Cook County’s sweetened beverage tax organized a rally to demand its repeal Tuesday, just days before the tax is scheduled to go into effect. Read »

4 hours ago

Illinois Lottery to Delay Payments to Some Winners

The Illinois Lottery announced Tuesday it will enforce a temporary change to its winner payment policy if the General Assembly does not approve funding for Lottery prizes before July 1. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 at 12:13 PM

Democrats Unveil Budget Proposal - But Uncertainty Remains

Democrats in the Illinois House revealed their budget plan Tuesday, and now the question remains – what about the reforms Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has been demanding over the course of the nearly... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Democrats Draft Budget With 4 Days Left in Session

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that Democrats are finalizing a proposed state spending plan that could be ready for Republican scrutiny as early as Tuesday, with just four days before... Read »

Monday, Jun 26, 2017 at 5:28 PM
By Shelby Bremer

12 Things to Know About Cook County's New Beverage Tax

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Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017 at 9:59 AM

Watch: Hillary Clinton Delivers Speech in Chicago

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returns to Chicago Tuesday as a featured speaker at the American Library Association annual conference. Read »

Monday, Jun 26, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Feds Send High-Tech Van to Chicago to Combat Gun Violence

The Chicago Police Department unveiled a new tool to target the city’s gun violence on Monday. Read »

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 »

Monday, Jun 26, 2017 at 11:24 AM

GOP Leaders Reverse Course, Meet With Democrats

The two GOP leaders in the Illinois legislature reversed course and met with House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton Sunday afternoon, but acheived no meaningful breakthroughs as... 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 »

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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.

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...

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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