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Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 9:23 PM

Toni Preckwinkle Sat Next to Bill Clinton at DNC Monday

Toni Preckwinkle Sat Next to Bill Clinton at DNC Monday

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle sat next to former President Bill Clinton during the first night of the Democratic National Convention Monday. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 7:13 PM
Clinton Wins Historic Nomination for President

Clinton Wins Historic Nomination for President

Breaking a historic barrier, Hillary Clinton triumphantly captured the Democratic nomination for president Tuesday night. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Chris Kennedy Slams Rauner at DNC

Chris Kennedy Slams Rauner at DNC

Businessman Chris Kennedy stoked further speculation about a possible gubernatorial run after slamming Gov. Bruce Rauner during a breakfast at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 6:01 PM
Mothers Impacted by Gun Violence Play Role at DNC

Mothers Impacted by Gun Violence Play Role at DNC

Victims of gun violence will play a role at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Dennis Hastert's Prison Release Date Pushed Back

Dennis Hastert's Prison Release Date Pushed Back

It appears former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert will be spending more time in prison than initially estimated. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Emanuel to Attend Final 2 Days of DNC

Emanuel to Attend Final 2 Days of DNC

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will attend the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday and Thursday, the mayor’s office confirmed. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 9:36 AM
Illinois Democrats Looking Ahead to 2018 Governor’s Race

Illinois Democrats Looking Ahead to 2018 Governor’s Race

Despite being in the middle of the Democratic National Convention, Illinois Democrats have a race in mind aside from the run for president: Who will replace Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018. NBC 5’s political reporter... Watch »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 6:20 AM

Prosecutors: Rod Blagojevich Isn't 'Deserving of Leniency'

Prosecutors: Rod Blagojevich Isn't 'Deserving of Leniency'

Federal prosecutors say statements that imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made prove he isn't "deserving of leniency."  A resentencing hearing is scheduled next month for Blagoj... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 at 7:53 AM
Democratic National Convention Kicks Off

Democratic National Convention Kicks Off

First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and many more spoke during the first night of the Democratic National Convention. NBC5's Mary Ann Ahern is in Philadelphia with more details. Watch »

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 at 5:41 PM
Democratic National Convention Begins Amid Controversy

Democratic National Convention Begins Amid Controversy

The Democratic National Convention began Monday afternoon amid controversy. A hacked release of thousands of DNC emails revealed the party leadership favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during primary... Watch »

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Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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