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Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:07 PM

City Council Approves Ordinance to Lower Food Cart License Fees

More lunch time menu options could soon be rolling by your office. Chicago’s City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday lowering license fees required for vendors to legally operate mobile food carts. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Fox News Hires Mayor Emanuel’s Brother as Contributor

Fox News Hires Mayor Emanuel’s Brother as Contributor

Fox News announced Tuesday that the network has hired Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s brother, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, as a contributor to Fox News Channel and its sister channel Fox Business Network, Politico... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:15 PM

State Rep Wants to Rename Stretch of I-55 After Obama

State Rep Wants to Rename Stretch of I-55 After Obama

State Rep. La Shawn Ford announced Wednesday that he’s drafting legislation to change interstate 55 to the Barack Obama Expressway. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Rauner Reveals Where He's Been Since Budget Address

Rauner Reveals Where He's Been Since Budget Address

Gov. Bruce Rauner has not had a public schedule since delivering his budget address last Wednesday. Read »

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 4:52 AM

Roskam Clarifies Signup Requirements For Tele-Town Halls

Roskam Clarifies Signup Requirements For Tele-Town Halls

Congressman Peter Roskam is making changes for future telephone town halls after repeated questions from NBC 5 of how his Tele-Town Halls have been conducted. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:11 PM
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By Tom Schuba

Where’s Your Illinois Congressman This Week?

As the 115th Congress breaks this week for its first recess, many Illinois...View gallery »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Community Group Opposes North Side Target Development

A group of Rogers Park neighbors made up of Caroline Hedger Apartments residents, Loyola University students and others held a press conference outside the Chicago Housing Authority Tuesday to voice opposition... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 3:21 PM

Mendoza Draws Heat for Buying Used SUV With State Money

Mendoza Draws Heat for Buying Used SUV With State Money

Illinois Comptroller Susana Menodoza is catching heat for using taxpayer money to purchase a $32,000 used SUV for her department’s fleet. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 2:51 PM

Lawmaker Says State Seal Gets Illinois’ Birthday Wrong

Lawmaker Says State Seal Gets Illinois’ Birthday Wrong

Republican state Rep. Tim Butler wants to update Illinois’ official seal to reflect the date the state joined the union, according to the Chicago Tribune. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 8:50 PM
25 Immigrants Sworn in As Citizens at Chicago's City Hall

25 Immigrants Sworn in As Citizens at Chicago's City Hall

The current political climate, some of the new citizens said, is part of the reason they took part in the naturalization ceremony. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

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