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Monday, Jul 18, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Chicago Activists Protest at GOP Convention

As the Republican National Convention gets underway Monday at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, protesters from Chicago are demonstrating for a variety of causes despite an unprecedented police presence. Read »

Monday, Jul 18, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Duckworth Slams Kirk for Endorsing Petraeus, Pence

Duckworth Slams Kirk for Endorsing Petraeus, Pence

In a new campaign video released Monday, Rep. Tammy Duckworth slammed her opponent, Sen. Mark Kirk, for endorsing embattled former CIA Director David Petraeus for president. Read »

Monday, Jul 18, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Rauner Signs Bill Banning 'Bath Salts'

Rauner Signs Bill Banning 'Bath Salts'

Gov. Bruce Rauner is signing legislation to ban the sale of synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" in Illinois. Read »

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 10:54 PM
Illinois Delegates Head to the Republican Convention

Illinois Delegates Head to the Republican Convention

The Illinois delegation arrived in Cleveland Sunday for the Republican National Convention, but a few key political players were missing. NBC 5's Political Editor Carol Marin reports. Watch »

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 12:57 PM

5 Times Pence Publicly Disagreed With Trump

5 Times Pence Publicly Disagreed With Trump

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s newly-announced running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, hasn’t always seen eye to eye with the divisive billionaire. Read »

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 11:00 PM
Security Tight at the Republican National Convention

Security Tight at the Republican National Convention

The security in Cleveland is tight surrounding the Republican National Convention. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 6:42 PM
Deep Dish: Preparing for the Conventions

Deep Dish: Preparing for the Conventions

Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have the latest on this week's political headlines. Watch »

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Clinton Slams Trump's Running Mate on Twitter

Clinton Slams Trump's Running Mate on Twitter

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent out a series of tweets Friday condemning presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s newly announced running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Read »

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Trump Announces VP Pick on Twitter

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, tapping a low-key social conservative ahead of next week’s Republican National Convention, NBC... Read »

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 at 7:38 AM

Rauner Issues Executive Order He Says Will Help Job Creation

Rauner Issues Executive Order He Says Will Help Job Creation

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order he says will help communities south of Chicago create jobs and improve natural areas such as parks and waterways. 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...

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...

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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