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Monday, Jan 23, 2017 at 1:18 PM

Sen. Duckworth Delivers Impassioned Speech at Women's March

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth delivered a passionate speech at the Women’s March on Washington, telling the massive crowd that she “didn’t shed blood… to have the Constitution trampled on.” Read »

Monday, Jan 23, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Full List of Speakers at Women's March in Chicago

"Hamilton" cast members serenaded an estimated 250,000 people gathered for the Women's March on Chicago Saturday. Read »

Monday, Jan 23, 2017 at 9:40 AM

Photos: The Women's March in Chicago

Thousands of people descended on the city to join the Women's March on Chicago... View gallery »

Monday, Jan 23, 2017 at 9:40 AM

250K Estimated at Women's March in Chicago

Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Chicago to join the Women's March Saturday, one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Read »

Friday, Jan 20, 2017 at 7:01 PM

Trump White House Bemoans Chicago Violence on Website

Trump White House Bemoans Chicago Violence on Website

Shortly after President Donald Trump was sworn into office Friday, his team introduced a revamped White House website that points to Chicago’s violent crime. Read »

Friday, Jan 20, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Obamas Ask for Insight on Upcoming Presidential Library

Obamas Ask for Insight on Upcoming Presidential Library

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama asked supporters Friday for insight on the upcoming Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. Read »

Friday, Jan 20, 2017 at 11:06 AM
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How Melania Trump Will Serve in Role of First Lady

Melania Trump promised an action plan when she arrived at the White House. View gallery »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 6:20 PM
Ill. Lawmakers Have Mixed Reactions to Trump's Inauguration

Ill. Lawmakers Have Mixed Reactions to Trump's Inauguration

The eyes of the world are on Washington as Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday. But on Thursday, there was mixed reaction from Illinois lawmakers planning to attend. Carol Marin reports. Watch »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 6:10 PM
Trump Arrives in Washington Ahead of Inauguration

Trump Arrives in Washington Ahead of Inauguration

President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Washington for a whirlwind of festivities Thursday. First, a glitzy lunch at the Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Then, a symbolic visit to the Arlington National... Watch »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 at 6:03 PM

Rauner Once Again Attempting to Sell Thompson Center: Report

Rauner Once Again Attempting to Sell Thompson Center: Report

Gov. Bruce Rauner and top Illinois Republicans are trying again to sell and demolish Chicago’s James R. Thompson Center, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. 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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