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Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 at 8:02 PM

Ricketts Withdraws From Consideration for Trump's Cabinet

Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, President Donald Trump's pick for deputy commerce secretary, has withdrawn from consideration. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 at 6:38 PM

Rauner Plans to Veto Abortion Protection Bill in Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner's latest position on abortion has critics and supporters reacting as the campaign for governor continues to heat up. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 at 6:19 PM

Prosecutors Defend Use of Schock Staffer-Turned-Informant

Federal prosecutors deny investigators overstepped legal lines by recruiting a confidential informant from former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's staff to help build a corruption case against him, accusing the... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 7:11 PM

Trump Discusses Manufacturing, Signs Order in Wisconsin

President Donald Trump traveled to Wisconsin Tuesday, where he spoke at a local factory and signed an executive order his administration has dubbed "Buy American, Hire American." Read »

Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 at 6:19 PM

Blagojevich Lawyers Ask For New Trial in Latest Appeal

Attorneys for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich returned to court Tuesday to argue the former Illinois governor's latest appeal, perhaps his final one. Read »

Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 5:09 PM

These Roads Are Slated to Be Repaved This Season in Chicago

Paving season has kicked off in Chicago and some city residents say it is the first time in years their streets will be getting much needed repairs. Read »

Monday, Apr 17, 2017 at 11:31 AM

City Worker Drank on Job, Called Hearing Officer Names: Off.

City Worker Drank on Job, Called Hearing Officer Names: Off.

The City of Chicago Inspector General says an unnamed employee of the city Department of Transportation has been fired for drinking on the job, driving a city truck while under the influence, and conducting... Read »

Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Rauner Opposes Bill Allowing Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged Friday to veto a Democratic-backed measure that would allow the state to cover abortions for its employees and Medicaid recipients. Read »

Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 at 4:50 PM

J.B. Pritzker Puts $7M Into Campaign for Illinois Governor

Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker has contributed $7 million to his campaign fund for Illinois governor. Read »

Sunday, Apr 16, 2017 at 5:55 PM

Protesters in Chicago Call on Trump to Release Tax Returns

Protesters gathered in downtown Chicago Saturday morning as part of a nationwide campaign calling on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. 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.

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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