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Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at 1:56 PM

Rauner: Shootings Mean Troopers Needed on Chicago Highways

Rauner: Shootings Mean Troopers Needed on Chicago Highways

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will push for state funding to put more state troopers on Chicago-expressways in an effort to combat gun violence. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at 12:56 PM

Emanuel Discusses Chicago Violence With AG Sessions

Emanuel Discusses Chicago Violence With AG Sessions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday in Washington, D.C. to discuss how the federal government can help address Chicago’s spiking violence. Read »

Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Chance the Rapper to Meet with Rauner Following Grammys

Chance the Rapper to Meet with Rauner Following Grammys

After winning three Grammy awards Sunday night, Chicago musician Chance the Rapper used the opportunity Monday to set up a meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who he has criticized in the past. Read »

Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Emanuel Visits D.C. to Discuss Chicago Crime, Infrastructure

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is visiting Washington, D.C. Monday for a series of meetings related to “priorities and issues facing the City of Chicago,” including crime and infrastructure. Read »

Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 7:39 PM

CPS to Hold Public Hearings on New Round of Budget Cuts

Two public hearings on the spending plan for Chicago Public Schools will be held Monday, ahead of another round of budget cuts that are likely coming to the struggling district. Read »

Sunday, Feb 12, 2017 at 7:08 PM

Illinois Worker Pay Battle to Resurface in Court, Assembly

Illinois Worker Pay Battle to Resurface in Court, Assembly

The question of whether to continue paying government workers during Illinois's budget stalemate will surface again this week. Read »

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Axelrod: Trump’s Authenticity, Showmanship Won the Election

Axelrod: Trump’s Authenticity, Showmanship Won the Election

During a speech Thursday at Aurora University, political analyst David Axelrod said President Donald Trump’s showmanship and perceived authenticity won him the November election, claiming that Democrat... Read »

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 at 6:49 AM

Legislation Looks to Keep Abortion Legal in Illinois

Legislation Looks to Keep Abortion Legal in Illinois

Legislation that attempts to ensure abortion remains legal in Illinois regardless of what happens on the federal level moved to the House floor Wednesday. Read »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 at 8:34 PM

Rauner Slams AG Madigan, Pushes Plan to Pay State Workers

Rauner Slams AG Madigan, Pushes Plan to Pay State Workers

Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s plan Thursday to halt state workers’ pay, pushing legislation that would ensure payment regardless of Illinois' ongoing budget impasse. Read »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 at 8:06 PM

Emanuel's Infrastructure Projects Could Create 40,000 Jobs

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the next phase of his sweeping infrastructure plan Thursday, vowing to add 40,000 jobs through a variety of projects—including an “express rail” to O’Hare International Airport. Read »

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