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Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 at 3:19 PM

Ill. Delegate Booted from RNC for Racially Charged FB Post

A member of the Illinois delegation at this week’s Republican National Convention had her credentials pulled Wednesday after allegedly posting racially charged comments to Facebook earlier this week. Read »

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 at 11:28 AM

Big Trump Campaign Contributor Launches 'Hug Campaign'

One of Donald Trump’s largest financial contributors is a suburban Chicago businessman many have never heard of. And he’s on a mission to change the Republican party in a way many would never expect. Read »

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 at 6:56 AM

Term of Grand Jury Hearing Ex-US Rep. Schock's Case Ends

Term of Grand Jury Hearing Ex-US Rep. Schock's Case Ends

The term of a federal grand jury that heard evidence for more than a year on possible spending violations by former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has expired, though legal experts said that doesn't mean the... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 11:31 PM
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Takes Center Stage at RNC

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Takes Center Stage at RNC

Indiana Governor Mike Pence took the stage at the RNC to accept the Republican nomination for Vice President on Wednesday. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports from Cleveland. Watch »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 11:08 PM
Cruz Booed, Pence Introduced at Republican Convention

Cruz Booed, Pence Introduced at Republican Convention

Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention saw four former presidential candidates deliver speeches before Indiana Governor Mike Pence accepted the party's nomination for Vice President. NBC 5's... Watch »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 6:36 PM
Several Arrested at Flag-Burning Protest at RNC Convention

Several Arrested at Flag-Burning Protest at RNC Convention

A notorious flag-burner, who set an American flag on fire outside the Dallas Republican National Convention in 1984, was among several demonstrators arrested Wednesday in the most turbulent protest since the... Watch »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 6:36 PM
Mike Pence to Take the Stage at GOP Convention

Mike Pence to Take the Stage at GOP Convention

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will vouch for Donald Trump's conservative values Wednesday night as he makes his national convention debut as Trump's running mate. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 6:29 PM
Melania Trump's Speechwriter Admits Mistake

Melania Trump's Speechwriter Admits Mistake

A speechwriter for Donald Trump's company said Wednesday she made a mistake and apologized for using passages from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech in the Republican party convention speech delivered by Melania... Watch »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Chicago City Council Approves $21M Property Tax Rebate

Chicago City Council Approves $21M Property Tax Rebate

Chicago’s City Council unanimously approved a $20 million property tax rebate program that looks to give homeowners some relief in the wake of a record property tax increase, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 4:59 PM

Sen. Mark Kirk Changes His Vote for President

Sen. Mark Kirk Changes His Vote for President

During a radio interview Tuesday, Sen. Mark Kirk announced he would write in former Secretary of State Colin Powell for president, instead of voting for Republican nominee Donald Trump. The announceme... 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...

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.

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