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Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 5:21 PM

Unpopular Budget at Crux of Illinois Senate 'Grand Bargain'

The Illinois Senate's "grand bargain" budget compromise is made up of 11 pieces of legislation, three of which are critical to the effort to keep Illinois from entering a third consecutive year without an annual... Read »

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9:35 AM

Blagojevich Attorneys Ask for Another Appeals Court Hearing

A month after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed his 14-year prison sentence, lawyers for imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday asked for another hearing before the three-judge panel. Read »

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:37 PM
Deep Dish: Which Karaoke Songs Fit Illinois' Politicians?

Deep Dish: Which Karaoke Songs Fit Illinois' Politicians?

In this week’s “Deep Dish,” NBC 5’s Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss which karaoke songs suit which Illinois politicians, Senate Democrats strike out on their “Grand... Watch »

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Emanuel Unveils Plan to Keep City Schools Open Through June

Officials on Friday are expected to reveal Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to fund keeping Chicago Public Schools kids in class until the end of the school year. Read »

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:13 PM

Politicians Ramp Up Rhetoric as Budget Impasse Continues

From aldermen to workers in social service agencies, frustrations are high as Illinois lawmakers continue to inch toward yet another session without getting a new budget deal worked out by May 31. Read »

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 1:16 PM

GOP Continues Pushback on Pritzker Property Tax Reduction

GOP Continues Pushback on Pritzker Property Tax Reduction

After Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker defended his appeal of a property tax assessment on a property in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois Republicans fired back with a new... Read »

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 5:32 PM

Chicago Police Unveil New Use-of-Force Policy

Chicago police leadership say using deadly force should be a “last resort” in a conflict, a policy the district aims to emphasize in its new set of guidelines announced Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Will 'Grand Bargain' Pass the Senate? Sources Predict Drama

Springfield sources said "there will be a lot of drama in the Senate" Wednesday afternoon, as legislators continue attempts at brokering a deal to end Illinois’ nearly two-yearlong budget impasse. Read »

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:48 AM

Kinzinger Calls for Special Prosecutor Amid Trump Concerns

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger called for an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate recent allegations against President Donald Trump Wednesday, making him among the first Congressional... Read »

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:22 PM
Lawmakers Concerned Over Trump's Sharing of Classified Info

Lawmakers Concerned Over Trump's Sharing of Classified Info

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are expressing their concern over President Donald Trump's sharing of classified information with Russia. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

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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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