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Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 2:48 PM

Poll: Chicago Voters Trust Rahm Over Rauner on City Budget

Poll: Chicago Voters Trust Rahm Over Rauner on City Budget

A new poll conducted for the Illinois Economic Policy Institute shows that Chicago voters trust Mayor Rahm Emanuel to handle Chicago's budget over Gov. Bruce Rauner. Read »

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 12:52 PM

State Rep. Looks to Protect Parks from Pokemon Go Traffic

State Rep. Looks to Protect Parks from Pokemon Go Traffic

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy filed legislation Tuesday to protect parks and other properties from Pokemon GO traffic. Read »

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 1:06 AM

Emanuel Administration Outlines Water and Sewer Tax Hike

Emanuel Administration Outlines Water and Sewer Tax Hike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration outlined a recently-drafted water and sewer tax hike that would go into effect in 2017. Read »

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 1:04 AM

White House Hits Kirk on 'Drug Dealer in Chief' Comment

White House Hits Kirk on 'Drug Dealer in Chief' Comment

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked Wednesday about Sen. Mark Kirk likening President Barack Obama to “the drug dealer in chief” for making a $400 million cash payment to Iran that was tied to the... Read »

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 at 1:14 AM

Kirk, Duckworth Spar at Agricultural Legislative Roundtable

Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth participated in an agricultural roundtable Wednesday in Normal, taking the stage separately and trading barbs throughout the day. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 3:29 PM

Former Trump Campaign Manager Talks Canceled Chicago Rally

Former Trump Campaign Manager Talks Canceled Chicago Rally

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, reflected on Trump’s canceled Chicago rally during a television appearance Monday. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Chicago Board of Education Votes to Approve $5.4B Budget

The Chicago Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve a $5.4 billion budget that relies heavily on a series of property tax increases and borrowing for the financially struggling school district. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 at 7:14 AM

Police Respond to Trump's Claim About Chicago's Violence

The Chicago Police Department on Tuesday denied Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's claim that he met with a "top" Chicago officer and argued the city's violence would not be solved with "tough... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 7:06 PM

Trump Says Chicago's Violence Can Be Stopped in a Week

Trump Says Chicago's Violence Can Be Stopped in a Week

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump told Bill O’Reilly Monday that he thought Chicago’s violence could be stopped within a week using “tough police tactics." Read »

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Emanuel Announces Improved TSA Wait Times at O'Hare Airport

Emanuel Announces Improved TSA Wait Times at O'Hare Airport

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that wait times at O’Hare International Airport’s peak Transportation Security Administration checkpoint have improved by more than 90 percent. Read »

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