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Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 3:34 PM

No Discussion of Consent Decree in Johnson-Sessions Meeting

At a meeting with Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and other big city chiefs Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made no mention of the sweeping reforms the Justice Department had outlined... Read »

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 11:07 AM

Supt. Johnson to Ask AG for Agents, Resources in Sit-Down

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson will meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C. Thursday to ask for more federal agents and resources to help curb the city’s gun... Read »

Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 at 6:27 AM

Rauner Aide Seeks Chicago Schools' Support for Pension Plan

Rauner Aide Seeks Chicago Schools' Support for Pension Plan

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's education secretary is urging Chicago Public Schools officials to back Senate Republican legislation to overhaul pension programs statewide. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 at 8:44 PM

Emanuel, Other US Mayors File Brief Against Travel Ban

Emanuel, Other US Mayors File Brief Against Travel Ban

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined three other major U.S. city leaders Tuesday in filing a brief in the federal district court in Seattle challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban, the city announced in... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 at 3:18 PM

Pritzker Files Exploratory Committee to Run for Governor

Pritzker Files Exploratory Committee to Run for Governor

Chicago billionaire J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday that he filed to create an exploratory committee to run for Illinois governor in 2018. Read »

Monday, Mar 13, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Rep. Gutierrez Handcuffed After Refusing to Leave ICE Office

Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez was briefly handcuffed after refusing to leave a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in Chicago on Monday. Read »

Monday, Mar 13, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Wife of Congressman Bobby Rush Dies at 68

Wife of Congressman Bobby Rush Dies at 68

Carolyn Rush, wife of Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., has died. The congressman made the announcement on Twitter Monday morning: “Today I have lost by best friend, the love of my life, my confidant and my best Read »

Monday, Mar 13, 2017 at 5:01 PM

US Attorney Fardon Resigns Following AG Sessions' Order

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon of the Northern District of Illinois resigned Monday, a spokesperson for his office confirmed to NBC 5. Read »

Friday, Mar 10, 2017 at 11:05 PM

More than 1,100 to Take Unpaid Leave for 5 Days at NEIU

Around fourteen hundred employees at North Eastern Illinois University will be forced to take unpaid leave for five days over the university’s spring break due to the state budget crisis, officials say. Read »

Friday, Mar 10, 2017 at 10:15 PM

Judge Slashes Ex-US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Child Support

Judge Slashes Ex-US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Child Support

A judge has slashed the monthly child support payments former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois must make to his estranged wife. Read »

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