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Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Durbin Travels to Eastern Europe to Discuss Russian Threat

Durbin Travels to Eastern Europe to Discuss Russian Threat

Sen. Dick Durbin is meeting with leaders in three eastern European countries to discuss recent Russian aggression and interference in democratic elections. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 1:43 PM

Lewandowski at U of C: Trump's Team Has 'Not Prepared' Him

Lewandowski at U of C: Trump's Team Has 'Not Prepared' Him

During an appearance last week at the University of Chicago, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandoski criticized the president’s current staff for not properly preparing him for... Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Congresswoman Bustos: 'I Am Not Going to Run for Governor'

Congresswoman Bustos: 'I Am Not Going to Run for Governor'

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has decided she will not join the list of Democrats interested in running against Governor Bruce Rauner in 2018. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 8:01 PM

Demonstrators Gather for 'Not My Presidents Day' Protest

Exactly one month after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, Chicagoans gathered near his eponymous skyscraper in protest of his policies on Monday. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Obama Library Architects Say Project May Need $1.5B: Report

Obama Library Architects Say Project May Need $1.5B: Report

Former President Barack Obama may need some additional cash flow to get the Obama Presidential Center built in Chicago, according to a report. Read »

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 at 11:32 AM

A Look at How Illinois' Budget Fight Has Affected Residents

The fight over Illinois' state budget has been directly felt by more than 1 million residents, from people with disabilities to seniors and college students. It also has exacerbated the state's already pathetic... Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 10:24 PM

Illinois House Panel to Consider Thompson Center Sale

Illinois House Panel to Consider Thompson Center Sale

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says the lawmakers will consider a plan to sell the Thompson Center government office building in downtown Chicago. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 7:48 PM
Deep Dish: Running For Governor

Deep Dish: Running For Governor

Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin discuss the latest political headlines. Watch »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Bob Michel, Former Illinois Congressman, Dies at 93

Bob Michel, Former Illinois Congressman, Dies at 93

Former Rep. Bob Michel, a Republican who served in Congress for 38 years, died of pnuemonia Friday at the age of 93. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 2:32 AM

Rep. Gutierrez, Hispanic Dems Kicked Out of Meeting with ICE

Rep. Gutierrez, Hispanic Dems Kicked Out of Meeting with ICE

Rep. Luis Gutierrez was among a group of Hispanic congressmen barred from a meeting Thursday with a top federal immigration enforcement official. 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. An individual knowledgeable of conversations about the decision tells NBC News that Pence was made aware several weeks ago through an intermediary that he was being considered for the VP slot. Officials close to the governor stress that Pence has had absolutely no direct contact with the Trump campaign since before Indiana's primary in April. Pence, who is running for his own re-election this November, endorsed Ted Cruz over Trump in the primary contest but noted at the time that the real estate mogul has "given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with the lack of progress in Washington, D.C." In a news conference on Thursday, Pence declined to say whether or not he is being vetted, and there are other possible picks for the job, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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 that decision.

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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