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Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 1:04 AM

White House Hits Kirk on 'Drug Dealer in Chief' Comment

White House Hits Kirk on 'Drug Dealer in Chief' Comment

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked Wednesday about Sen. Mark Kirk likening President Barack Obama to “the drug dealer in chief” for making a $400 million cash payment to Iran that was tied to the... Read »

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 1:14 AM

Kirk, Duckworth Spar at Agricultural Legislative Roundtable

Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth participated in an agricultural roundtable Wednesday in Normal, taking the stage separately and trading barbs throughout the day. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 3:29 PM

Former Trump Campaign Manager Talks Canceled Chicago Rally

Former Trump Campaign Manager Talks Canceled Chicago Rally

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, reflected on Trump’s canceled Chicago rally during a television appearance Monday. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Chicago Board of Education Votes to Approve $5.4B Budget

The Chicago Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve a $5.4 billion budget that relies heavily on a series of property tax increases and borrowing for the financially struggling school district. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 7:14 AM

Police Respond to Trump's Claim About Chicago's Violence

The Chicago Police Department on Tuesday denied Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim that he met with a "top" Chicago officer and argued the city's violence would not be solved with "tough... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 7:06 PM

Trump Says Chicago's Violence Can Be Stopped in a Week

Trump Says Chicago's Violence Can Be Stopped in a Week

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump told Bill O’Reilly Monday that he thought Chicago’s violence could be stopped within a week using “tough police tactics." Read »

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Emanuel Announces Improved TSA Wait Times at O'Hare Airport

Emanuel Announces Improved TSA Wait Times at O'Hare Airport

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that wait times at O’Hare International Airport’s peak Transportation Security Administration checkpoint have improved by more than 90 percent. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Duckworth Urges Kirk to Apologize for 'Drug Dealer' Comment

Duckworth Urges Kirk to Apologize for 'Drug Dealer' Comment

Duckworth addressed the City Club of Chicago Tuesday, laying out her economic plan and urging Kirk to apologize for likening Obama to “the drug dealer in chief” Read »

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 1:20 PM

Lawyer Tells Court Blagojevich to Appeal Prison Sentence

Rod Blagojevich's lawyer has notified a federal court that the imprisoned former Illinois governor plans to appeal his 14-year sentence for corruption imposed at a resentencing earlier this month. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 1:13 PM

Pence Cancels Chicago Appearance Amid Planned Protests

Pence Cancels Chicago Appearance Amid Planned Protests

Indiana Gov. and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence canceled a scheduled event in Chicago Tuesday as Illinois Democrats and community leaders staged a protest of his appearance. Read »

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