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Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 1:19 PM

Rauner Pushes Balanced Budget, Reforms Ahead of Veto Session

As the Illinois General Assembly prepares to reconvene in Springfield Tuesday for a second round of veto sessions, Gov. Bruce Rauner pushed for a full, balanced budget that includes a series of reforms from his... Read »

Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 7:30 AM
Gov. Rauner Details Lawmakers' Plan as Budget Deadline Looms

Gov. Rauner Details Lawmakers' Plan as Budget Deadline Looms

State lawmakers have only 33 days left to pass a new budget before the current stopgap budget expires on Dec. 31. Gov. Bruce Rauner joined NBC 5’s Zoraida Sambolin to discuss what he hopes to accomplish... Watch »

Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 at 6:32 PM

Lawmaker Pushes to Divest From Firms Building Trump's Wall

Lawmaker Pushes to Divest From Firms Building Trump's Wall

State Rep. Will Guzzardi held a press conference Tuesday to discuss recently-introduced legislation that would divest the state’s pension funds and investments from companies that take federal contracts to build... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 at 3:10 PM

S&P Calls New City Budget ‘Structurally Imbalanced'

S&P Calls New City Budget ‘Structurally Imbalanced'

S&P Global Ratings issued a report Monday that criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recently approved 2017 budget, despite crediting the city for making budgeting cuts and taking steps to contribute to its pension... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Former Chicago Alderman Pleads Not Guilty to Tax Charges

Former Chicago Alderman Pleads Not Guilty to Tax Charges

Former Chicago Ald. Edward R. Vrdolyak’s defense attorney left the Dirksen Federal Courthouse Tuesday without explaining how his client landed a piece of Illinois’ massive settlement with tobacco companies... Read »

Monday, Nov 21, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Rogue Squirrel Causes Alderman's 'Freak Bicycle Accident'

Rogue Squirrel Causes Alderman's 'Freak Bicycle Accident'

Ald. Howard Brookins announced Sunday that a “freak bicycle accident” involving a rogue squirrel left him hospitalized last week. Read »

Monday, Nov 21, 2016 at 6:15 PM
Chicago Delegation Returns Home After Cupich Installation

Chicago Delegation Returns Home After Cupich Installation

The Chicago delegation in Rome is making its way back after witnessing this weekend's historic ceremony, involving the installation of Cardinal Cupich. Watch »

Monday, Nov 21, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Rahm Emanuel’s Brother Met With President-Elect Trump

Rahm Emanuel’s Brother Met With President-Elect Trump

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's brother, Ari Emanuel, met with his former client President-elect Donald Trump over the weekend. Read »

Monday, Nov 21, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Rep. Davis Wants to Work with Trump on Chicago's Violence

Rep. Davis Wants to Work with Trump on Chicago's Violence

Following the fatal shooting of his 14-year-old grandson, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis said he hopes to work with President-elect Donald Trump to address Chicago’s violence. Read »

Monday, Nov 21, 2016 at 8:54 AM

Ex-Rep. Schock Allegedly Profited Off Voters' DC Visits

Ex-Rep. Schock Allegedly Profited Off Voters' DC Visits

The indictment of a 35-year-old disgraced former Republican congressman jolted residents of his central Illinois district, shaken by prosecutors' claims that Aaron Schock illegally dipped into campaign... Read »

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