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5 hours ago

GOP’s ‘Boss Madigan’ Site Now Targeting Chris Kennedy

GOP’s ‘Boss Madigan’ Site Now Targeting Chris Kennedy

Illinois Republicans added potential gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy to a growing list of Democrats targeted on their “Boss Madigan” blog, which attacks House Speaker Michael Madigan’s “web of influence”... Read »

6 hours ago

Comptroller Mendoza Puts State Employee Bonuses on Hold

Comptroller Mendoza Puts State Employee Bonuses on Hold

Comptroller Susana Mendoza announced Wednesday that she would prioritize payments to the state’s “most vulnerable” ahead of promised bonuses for state employees as the state continues to operate without... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Rauner Delays Leaders Meeting Until Dems Propose Budget

Rauner Delays Leaders Meeting Until Dems Propose Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office announced Wednesday that the governor wouldn’t schedule any future leaders meetings until state Democratic leaders are ready to present a budget proposal. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 at 5:32 PM
Mayor Emanuel Meets With President-Elect Trump in NYC

Mayor Emanuel Meets With President-Elect Trump in NYC

Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York City Wednesday after some contention between to the two parties. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 at 3:28 PM

Kennedy Continues to Explore Gubernatorial Bid: Report

Kennedy Continues to Explore Gubernatorial Bid: Report

Businessman Chris Kennedy is reportedly gearing up for a potential 2018 gubernatorial, Politico reports. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Sen. Mark Kirk Praised During Senate Floor Send-Off

Sen. Mark Kirk Praised During Senate Floor Send-Off

Outgoing Sen. Mark Kirk was praised on the Senate floor Tuesday by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, lauding the fellow Republicans recovery from a "debilitating” 2012 stroke. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Mayor Emanuel Meets With President-Elect Trump

Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday morning at Trump Tower in New York City, touching on a variety of issues, including transportation, investment in infrastructure, job creation... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 at 5:17 AM

Rauner to Sign Exelon Subsidy to Spare 2 Nuclear Plants

Rauner to Sign Exelon Subsidy to Spare 2 Nuclear Plants

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to sign legislation that provides billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. so the power giant can keep unprofitable nuclear plants running in Clinton and... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:27 AM

Madigan: Rauner Helping 'Wealthy Friends and Corporations'

Madigan: Rauner Helping 'Wealthy Friends and Corporations'

Following Tuesday’s leaders meeting in Chicago, House Speaker Michael Madigan accused Gov. Bruce Rauner of holding the state budget hostage to “help his wealthy friends and corporations.” Read »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Rep. Bustos Elected to Democratic House Leadership Role

Rep. Bustos Elected to Democratic House Leadership Role

After being elected to a leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus Monday, Rep. Cheri Bustos is primed to shape outreach and communications efforts for a party that suffered a series of pivotal losses... 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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