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Monday, Mar 13, 2017 at 5:01 PM

US Attorney Fardon Resigns Following AG Sessions' Order

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon of the Northern District of Illinois resigned Monday, a spokesperson for his office confirmed to NBC 5. Read »

Friday, Mar 10, 2017 at 11:05 PM

More than 1,100 to Take Unpaid Leave for 5 Days at NEIU

Around fourteen hundred employees at North Eastern Illinois University will be forced to take unpaid leave for five days over the university’s spring break due to the state budget crisis, officials say. Read »

Friday, Mar 10, 2017 at 10:15 PM

Judge Slashes Ex-US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Child Support

Judge Slashes Ex-US Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Child Support

A judge has slashed the monthly child support payments former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois must make to his estranged wife. Read »

Friday, Mar 10, 2017 at 6:15 PM
Deep Dish: March Madness of Politics

Deep Dish: March Madness of Politics

Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin detail this week's "wild and wacky" political stories.  Watch »

Friday, Mar 10, 2017 at 5:52 PM

Fardon Among 46 US Attorneys Asked to Resign

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon of the Northern District of Illinois is among 46 U.S. Attorneys being asked to resign by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department said Friday. Sources tell NBC 5 Fardon is expected to resign as early as Monday. Read »

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 at 8:43 PM

Emanuel Lauds Sessions for Targeting Violent Offenders

Emanuel Lauds Sessions for Targeting Violent Offenders

Mayor Rahm Emanuel lauded Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday for directing federal prosecutors to target the country’s most significant violent offenders. Read »

Friday, Mar 10, 2017 at 10:52 AM

Kennedy: Rauner is 'Holding the State Budget Hostage'

Kennedy: Rauner is 'Holding the State Budget Hostage'

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy slammed Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday, faulting the Republican for Illinois’ ongoing budget stalemate. Read »

Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Ill. House Votes to Make October 'Zombie Preparedness Month'

Ill. House Votes to Make October 'Zombie Preparedness Month'

The Illinois House adopted a resolution last month designating October of this year as “Zombie Preparedness Month.” Read »

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 at 1:58 PM

Chance the Rapper Announces CPS Schools Receiving Funding

After announcing Monday that he’ll donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, Chance the Rapper offered a list of CPS schools Thursday that will each receive an additional $10,000 in funding from his organization to fund arts and after Read »

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Supt. Johnson Testifies in Springfield About New Gun Bill

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson headed to Springfield Thursday to attend a hearing about a new gun bill he has repeatedly pleaded with lawmakers to pass. 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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