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Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 at 4:24 PM

Rauner Hires Sen. Johnson's Former Campaign Manager: Sources

Gov. Bruce Rauner has hired a new campaign manager as he gears up to run for a second term, according to multiple sources. Read »

Friday, Aug 11, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Cook County Democrats Endorse Pritzker

Cook County Democrats Endorse Pritzker

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker received a big endorsement on Friday as the Cook County Democratic Party offered him their support in the upcoming primary. Read »

Friday, Aug 11, 2017 at 6:25 PM

Cameras Allowed in Courtroom for Hastert Proceedings

An Illinois judge has refused a request by Dennis Hastert to bar reporters' cameras and recording devices from court in a May lawsuit accusing the ex-House speaker of sexually abusing a boy in a bathroom when he... Read »

Friday, Aug 11, 2017 at 12:48 PM

Duckworth to Trump: You Can't 'Out-Crazy Kim Jong Un'

Amid rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, Senator Tammy Duckworth shared a message Thursday for President Donald Trump: You can’t “out-crazy Kim Jong Un.” Read »

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 at 5:53 PM

Pritzker Chooses Rep. Juliana Stratton as 2018 Running Mate

Democratic candidate for Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker named state Rep. Juliana Stratton to be his 2018 running mate Thursday, calling the Chicago attorney a fighter who "hasn't been shy about standing up" to... Read »

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 at 5:38 PM

CPD Releases Report From Community Policing Advisory Panel

The Chicago Police Department's Community Policing Advisory Panel released its first draft of recommendations for reform late Wednesday – and they want the public to weigh in. Read »

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Illinois Misses School Aid Payment for the First Time Ever

Illinois missed the deadline make payments to K-12 schools for the first time in history, according to the state comptroller. Read »

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 at 7:13 AM

Governor to Officially Open 2017 Illinois State Fair

Gov. Bruce Rauner is planning to cut the ribbon to open the 2017 Illinois State Fair. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017 at 7:01 PM

Could Override of School Funding Veto Be Unconstitutional?

House lawmakers gathered for a hearing in Chicago Wednesday to discuss the education funding plan vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last week. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017 at 12:16 AM
Suburban, Downstate School Funding Payment Expected Thursday

Suburban, Downstate School Funding Payment Expected Thursday

Suburban and downstate schools are set to open next week, but will they do so without state funding? The first payment, expected Thursday, won't be delivered without the lawmakers agreeing to a school funding... Watch »

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