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Friday, Jun 16, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Where Is Gov. Rauner?

There has been no public sighting of Gov. Bruce Rauner this week, but his staff says he “was in Illinois this week.” Read »

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 6:10 PM

Rauner Calls Lawmakers to Special Session

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called Illinois lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session next week. Read »

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 7:47 PM

Powerball, Mega Millions Dropping Illinois: Report

The Multi-State Lottery Association has decided to drop Illinois at the end of the month due to a lack of state budget, according to a report. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 5:03 PM

Ill. Politicians React to Congressional Baseball Shooting

After five people were injured in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, Illinois politicians on both sides of the aisle spoke out against the incident. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Groups Sue Seeking Court Oversight of Chicago Police Reforms

Several leading community groups filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of Chicago Wednesday in a bid to bypass or even scuttle a draft agreement between the city and the U.S. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 12:10 PM

Ill. Congressman Describes Shooting at Va. Baseball Practice

US Rep. Rodney Davis, who represents the 13th Congressional District in Illinois, was among the members of Congress practicing at a Virginia baseball field when shots were fired Wednesday, his spokesperson... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Trump to Visit Milwaukee for 'Workforce Development Week'

President Donald Trump will visit Wisconsin for the second time in office on Tuesday. Read »

Monday, Jun 12, 2017 at 9:33 PM

Cook County Assessor Refutes Property Evaluation Report

After a Chicago Tribune investigation alleged that mismanagement at the Cook County Assessor's Office has led to inequality in property evaluation and subsequent disparate tax burdens, Assessor Joe Berrios... Read »

Monday, Jun 12, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Quigley Introduces 'COVFEFE' Act Aimed at Trump's Twitter

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley introduced legislation called the 'COVFEFE' Act on Monday, aimed at expanding the scope of what is preserved as presidential record to encompass social media. Read »

Monday, Jun 12, 2017 at 1:13 PM

Illinois-Run Media Service Seen as $3M-a-Year Necessity

Some say Illinois can't afford to cut its media service that transmits state news, even though it costs $3 million a year as the state is in financial turmoil. 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.

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Rahm Emanuel

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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...

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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