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Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 at 11:46 AM

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Endorses JB Pritzker for Governor

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez endorsed JB Pritzker for Illinois governor on Monday, citing the billionaire businessman’s opposition to President Donald Trump as a major factor in his support. Read »

Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 at 8:09 PM

State's Attorney to Stop Prosecuting Minor Driving Offenses

As Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx looks to make ends meet in her office, motorists who find themselves in trouble for failing to pay fines and fees could get a break starting this summer. Read »

Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 at 6:31 PM

Rauner Campaign Fires Back After Emanuel's Criticism

Rauner Campaign Fires Back After Emanuel's Criticism

A day after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for a new campaign ad, the governor’s campaign fired back. Read »

Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 at 5:27 PM

Mayor Emanuel Blasts Governor Rauner Over New Campaign Ad

Mayor Emanuel Blasts Governor Rauner Over New Campaign Ad

After Governor Bruce Rauner unveiled a new campaign ad this week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted his political rival for trying to capitalize on the budget stalemate still gripping Springfield. Read »

Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Comptroller Warns Illinois Finances in 'Massive Crisis Mode'

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is warning that new court orders in lawsuits filed by state suppliers that are owed money mean her office is required to pay out more than Illinois receives in revenue... Read »

Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 at 1:13 PM

Cook County State's Attorney Backs Bail Reform Measures

The Cook County state's attorney's office says its prosecutors will start backing the release of suspects without bond for minor offenses pending resolution of their case. Read »

Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Illinois Senate Leader Suggests Bucking Governor on Budget

The Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature "doesn't need the governor" to enact an elusive budget deal to end a two-year impasse, the Senate president said Friday ahead of a special session. Read »

Friday, Jun 16, 2017 at 11:42 PM
Security on Minds of Lawmakers at Congressional Baseball Game

Security on Minds of Lawmakers at Congressional Baseball Game

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis was the catcher Thursday night for the Republican team and his wife flew in to be there for the big congressional baseball game. Security is certainly on the congressmen's minds. Watch »

Friday, Jun 16, 2017 at 11:38 PM
Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines

Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines

In Friday's Deep Dish, NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin dig into a steak dinner fundraiser that will honor Governor Bruce Rauner, a new challenger for Rep. Dan Lipinski, and the latest on the... Watch »

Friday, Jun 16, 2017 at 5:57 PM

Politicians, Citizens React to Trump's New Cuba Policy

Politicians, Citizens React to Trump's New Cuba Policy

On the day that President Donald Trump rolled back several new policy stances toward the island of Cuba, people from both sides of the political aisle are reacting to the changes. 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.

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...

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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