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5 hours ago

City Treasurer Summers Announces He Will Not Run for Gov.

City Treasurer Summers Announces He Will Not Run for Gov.

Chicago's City Treasurer announced Wednesday morning that he will not join the Democratic pack running for governor and will instead put his support behind billionaire JB Pritzker. Read »

2 hours ago

Illinois Board Terminates Hastert's State Lawmaker Pension

Illinois Board Terminates Hastert's State Lawmaker Pension

An Illinois retirement board is terminating the pension that imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert for his service in the Illinois General Assembly. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 at 7:46 AM

Rauner Seeks to Oust Improperly Hired Employees

Rauner Seeks to Oust Improperly Hired Employees

The administration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says it wants a judge to decide whether state employees who were improperly hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn should keep union contract job protections. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 7:08 PM

Emanuel Praises Injunction on Trump's Sanctuary Cities Order

After a federal judge blocked efforts by President Trump’s administration to block funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” on Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the decision, once again emphasizing his... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 3:33 PM

Bill to Expand Abortion Coverage Passes Illinois House

As hundreds of women converged on the capital for the Women’s March on Springfield Tuesday, lawmakers in the Illinois House voted in favor of removing prohibitions on publicly funded abortions in the state. Read »

Monday, Apr 24, 2017 at 6:26 PM

Illinois Tech Chief's Memberships Cost $208K

Illinois Tech Chief's Memberships Cost $208K

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's technology czar has contracted to spend $208,000 in tax dollars for two professional memberships even though the state is without a budget and is billions of dollars in debt... Read »

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 4:14 PM

Wide-Ranging Issues Await Lawmakers' Return to Springfield

Wide-Ranging Issues Await Lawmakers' Return to Springfield

The Illinois General Assembly - unable to reach a budget deal in more than two years - will make one more try this week. Read »

Monday, Apr 24, 2017 at 11:55 AM

In 1st Post-Presidency Speech, Obama Reveals His New Focus

Former President Barack Obama made his first public appearance since leaving the White House on Monday, holding a conversation with young leaders at the University of Chicago while revealing plans to use... Read »

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Illinois Democrats Aim High With Minimum Wage Proposals

Illinois Democrats Aim High With Minimum Wage Proposals

Amid a national push by unions and worker advocates for a $15 minimum wage, Illinois Democrats hope to pass an ambitious hike during the spring legislative session, despite a warning from Republican Gov. Read »

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Illinois Receives $16M to Fight Opioid Addiction Crisis

Illinois is receiving more than $16 million in federal money to help fight a prescription drug addiction crisis. Read »

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Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

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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.

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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.

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Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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