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Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 6:04 AM

Powerful Testimony Unfolds At Hastert Sentencing

For seasoned court watchers, attorneys, even veteran prosecutors, the sentencing of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert proved to be powerful and troubling. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 at 6:51 PM
Dennis Hastert's Rise and Fall

Dennis Hastert's Rise and Fall

Following the sentencing of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Carol Marin takes a look at where it all began. Watch »

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Powerful Alderman Pushes for Medical Marijuana in Loop

Powerful Alderman Pushes for Medical Marijuana in Loop

An ordinance proposed by Ald. Ed Burke that looks to change zoning regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in Chicago’s Loop cleared a City Council committee Tuesday. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Congresswoman Asks Rauner to Release Funding for New Amtrak Line

Congresswoman Asks Rauner to Release Funding for New Amtrak Line

Rep. Cheri Bustos wrote a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday asking him to release previously approved state funding for a Chicago to Quad-Cities Amtrak line. Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 12:13 AM

Hastert Victim ID'd as Brother of Former State Rep. Tom Cross

One of Dennis Hastert’s alleged victims was identified for the first time at his sentencing hearing as Scott Cross, the brother of former Illinois House GOP leader Tom Cross. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Live Blog: Sentencing of Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for breaking federal banking rules in a hush-money scheme attempting to cover up decades of sexual abuse. Read »

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 6:07 AM

Ex-House Speaker Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for breaking federal banking rules in a hush-money scheme attempting to cover up decades of sexual abuse. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 10:31 PM

Sister of Alleged Hastert Victim Speaks Out on Eve of Sentencing

The sister of one of Dennis Hastert’s alleged victims says her brother left the town where he was sexually abused by the former House Speaker and “never came home.” Read »

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Emanuel Touts Record Tourism Numbers for 2015

Emanuel Touts Record Tourism Numbers for 2015

Mayor Emanuel announced Tuesday that Chicago broke tourism records in 2015. For the first time in the city’s history, 50 million domestic tourists visited Chicago in a single year. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Hillary Clinton Visits Indiana Manufacturing Plants

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton will visit a pair of manufacturing plants in Indiana Tuesday, a week ahead of the state’s May 3 primary. Read »

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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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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