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Monday, Oct 9, 2017 at 8:26 AM

Candidates for Ill. Governor Gather for Gubernatorial Forum

It's being called the first progressive gubernatorial forum. Read »

Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 at 3:56 PM

Ives Inching Toward a GOP Primary Run Against Rauner

State Rep. Jeanne Ives has not ruled out a run for governor and is even being urged to challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Republican primary. Read »

Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 at 12:25 PM

Greater Number of Students Leaving Illinois for College

The state of Illinois is among the states leading the nation in the number of college freshmen pursuing higher education in other states, according to a state agency. Read »

Friday, Oct 6, 2017 at 3:26 PM

New Midway Security Checkpoint Begins Construction

New Midway Security Checkpoint Begins Construction

Dignitaries and officials broke ground Friday on a massive new security checkpoint expansion project at Midway Airport. Read »

Friday, Oct 6, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Governor Bruce Rauner Announces New Chief of Staff

Governor Bruce Rauner Announces New Chief of Staff

There have been whispers for weeks, but on Friday it became official - Governor Bruce Rauner has a new Chief of Staff. Read »

Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Emanuel Makes Big Bet With D.C. Mayor On Cubs Series

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is a massive sports fan, and he’s showing his confidence in the Chicago Cubs by placing a big bet on them to win the National League Division Series. Read »

Friday, Oct 6, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Commissioners Say Votes Exist to Repeal County's Soda Tax

Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison announced Friday that the county's controversial sweetened beverage tax will likely be repealed when it is called for a vote next week, thanks to an agreement by a... Read »

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 at 7:33 PM

Daley Reveals He's Switching Vote on Soda Tax

Cook County Commissioner John Daley, the Chairman of the Finance Committee for the county, has informed Board President Toni Preckwinkle that he will vote for the repeal of the controversial sweetened beverage... Read »

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017 at 11:29 PM

CPD Increases Undercover Officers for Chicago Marathon

From Cubs games to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago officials say stepped up security plans have been and will stay in place for major events happening in the city. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at 6:20 PM

Preckwinkle to Unveil Budget Ahead of Soda Tax Repeal Vote

Cook County's controversial sweetened beverage tax is headed for a showdown next week - but before that, Board President Toni Preckwinkle will release next year's budget on Thursday. Read »

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