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Gov. Rauner to Meet With Chance the Rapper

Gov. Rauner to Meet With Chance the Rapper

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office confirmed Monday that the Republican will meet this week with Grammy Award-winning Chicagoan Chance the Rapper. Read »

3 hours ago

McCarthy Won't Have to Testify in Jackson Divorce Case - Yet

Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy will not be forced to testify in the increasingly hostile divorce case of former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his estranged wife Sandi -- at least for now. Read »

Friday, Feb 24, 2017 at 8:04 PM
Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines

Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines

Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss the latest Illinois political headlines. Watch »

Friday, Feb 24, 2017 at 5:59 PM

Rauner: Illinoisans Shouldn't Get Obama’s Birthday Off

Rauner: Illinoisans Shouldn't Get Obama’s Birthday Off

Gov. Bruce Rauner told reporters Thursday that Illinois should have a state holiday honoring President Barack Obama’s birthday, but he doesn’t think people should get the day off work to celebrate. Read »

Friday, Feb 24, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Quigley Slams Trump’s Response to Russia During Ukraine Trip

Quigley Slams Trump’s Response to Russia During Ukraine Trip

During a trip to Ukraine this week alongside members of the intelligence community, Rep. Mike Quigley expressed concern over President Donald Trump’s failure to react to Russian aggression in the region and beyond. Read »

Friday, Feb 24, 2017 at 8:06 PM

Durbin to Trump: Stop Tweeting, Offer Resources to Chicago

Sen. Dick Durbin slammed President Donald Trump Friday following his latest tweet about Chicago violence, urging the president to step away from the keyboard and provide federal resources to aid the city. Read »

Friday, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Trump Weighs in on Chicago at CPAC Meeting

A day after declaring "Chicago needs help!" on Twitter, President Donald Trump referenced Chicago's violence in an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference. Read »

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Pritzker Pitches Odd Protest After Trump Strips Trans Rights

Pritzker Pitches Odd Protest After Trump Strips Trans Rights

Prospective Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker slammed President Donald Trump Thursday for stripping federal protections that allowed transgender students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, proposing a bizarre protest. Read »

Friday, Feb 24, 2017 at 12:03 PM

AFSCME Approves Strike, Faults Rauner

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the union representing the largest number of Illinois state employees, announced Thursday that 81 percent of members voted to authorize a strike. Read »

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 10:46 PM

Emanuel Responds to Transgender Bathroom Policy Change

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded Wednesday night to the Trump administration’s rolling back of transgender students federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms that match the gender they identify as. 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 individual knowledgeable of conversations about the decision tells NBC News that Pence was made aware several weeks ago through an intermediary that he was being considered for the VP slot. Officials close to the governor stress that Pence has had absolutely no direct contact with the Trump campaign since before Indiana's primary in April. Pence, who is running for his own re-election this November, endorsed Ted Cruz over Trump in the primary contest but noted at the time that the real estate mogul has "given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with the lack of progress in Washington, D.C." In a news conference on Thursday, Pence declined to say whether or not he is being vetted, and there are other possible picks for the job, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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 decision.

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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