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Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Republican State Senator May Challenge Rauner in Primary

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner may end up with a challenger in the March 2018 Republican primary. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 at 5:55 PM

Bill to Expand Coverage for PANDAS/PANS Signed Into Law

A normal childhood condition changed her son’s behavior, and on Tuesday, a suburban mom’s campaign paid off when Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law that will help families like hers all across Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Dennis Hastert No Longer at Federal Prison, Records Show

It appears former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert has returned to Chicago. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017 at 5:57 PM

Rauner’s ‘Body Man’ Fired on First Day Over Tweets

An aide to Gov. Bruce Rauner was fired Monday over “unacceptable tweets” found on his Twitter page, the administration confirms. Read »

Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 8:14 PM

CPS Decries Rauner's Plan to Amendatory Veto Funding Reform

The battle over school funding in Illinois heated up Monday, as Gov. Bruce Rauner announced plans to issue an amendatory veto of a major reform bill – a move that Chicago Public Schools quickly claimed he cannot... Read »

Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 1:04 PM

Why Illinois Schools May Not Open in Fall, Despite Budget

Despite the fact that lawmakers passed Illinois' first budget in more than two years earlier this month, there's still a chance that public schools across the state may not be able to open on time this fall. Read »

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 10:29 PM

Rauner Adds Cook County to State Disaster Proclamation

Gov. Bruce Rauner added Cook County to the state disaster proclamation for flooding Sunday as communities continue to combat rising water levels and repair widespread damage. Read »

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Illinois Hemp Bill May Benefit Medical Marijuana Industry

A bill in the Illinois General Assembly that would allow hemp to be grown legally in the state could mark a major shift for medical marijuana growers if approved. Read »

Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 2:43 AM

Sanders Addresses Health Care in Chicago Speech

Sanders Addresses Health Care in Chicago Speech

Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's annual convention Saturday, and he used his speech to call for healthcare reform in the United States. Read »

Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Exelon, Microsoft Among Donors to Obama Foundation

Seven-figure donations are flowing in to build the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side. Read »

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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