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Friday, Oct 6, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Governor Bruce Rauner Announces New Chief of Staff

Governor Bruce Rauner Announces New Chief of Staff

There have been whispers for weeks, but on Friday it became official - Governor Bruce Rauner has a new Chief of Staff. Read »

Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Emanuel Makes Big Bet With D.C. Mayor On Cubs Series

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is a massive sports fan, and he’s showing his confidence in the Chicago Cubs by placing a big bet on them to win the National League Division Series. Read »

Friday, Oct 6, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Commissioners Say Votes Exist to Repeal County's Soda Tax

Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison announced Friday that the county's controversial sweetened beverage tax will likely be repealed when it is called for a vote next week, thanks to an agreement by a... Read »

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 at 7:33 PM

Daley Reveals He's Switching Vote on Soda Tax

Cook County Commissioner John Daley, the Chairman of the Finance Committee for the county, has informed Board President Toni Preckwinkle that he will vote for the repeal of the controversial sweetened beverage... Read »

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 at 11:29 PM

CPD Increases Undercover Officers for Chicago Marathon

From Cubs games to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago officials say stepped up security plans have been and will stay in place for major events happening in the city. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at 6:20 PM

Preckwinkle to Unveil Budget Ahead of Soda Tax Repeal Vote

Cook County's controversial sweetened beverage tax is headed for a showdown next week - but before that, Board President Toni Preckwinkle will release next year's budget on Thursday. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at 12:24 PM

Lawsuit Seeks 'Seat At the Table' on Chicago Police Reforms

Lawsuit Seeks 'Seat At the Table' on Chicago Police Reforms

Another new lawsuit wants to ensure issues related to people with disabilities are addressed in any plan to reform Chicago police. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at 7:04 AM

David Harris Joins List of Ill. Lawmakers Calling it Quits

David Harris Joins List of Ill. Lawmakers Calling it Quits

State Representative David Harris (R-53), after long talks with his wife and two grown sons, said he will not run for re-election in 2018 and there's a reason why. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at 12:23 AM
Calls For 'Common Sense Gun Laws' in Illinois and Beyond

Calls For 'Common Sense Gun Laws' in Illinois and Beyond

In light of the tragedy in Las Vegas, there are now renewed calls for what's known as "common sense gun laws." Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says it's time to close the loopholes in the background... Watch »

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 at 5:23 PM

COPA Head Resigns, Emanuel Names Interim Replacement

The agency investigating police misconduct has new leadership, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday. Read »

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