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Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 at 7:25 PM

CTU Considering One-Day Strike in May

The Chicago Teachers Union said it is considering another one-day walkout as the district says it may have to end the school year early. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 at 4:49 PM

Ill. Bill Could Lower Drinking Age With Parental Consent

Ill. Bill Could Lower Drinking Age With Parental Consent

A proposed bill in Illinois could soon lower the state’s drinking age with parental consent. Read »

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 at 5:32 AM

Rauner Relates Cubs' Turnaround to Illinois Politics

Rauner Relates Cubs' Turnaround to Illinois Politics

During a conversation Wednesday with Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, Gov. Bruce Rauner related the organization's recent turnaround to his attempts to overhaul the state government. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 at 1:21 PM

Roskam Says Tele Town Hall is Political Event

Roskam Says Tele Town Hall is Political Event

Congressman Peter Roskam's latest Telephone Town Hall was a campaign event and not official congressional business, his office said Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 at 11:02 PM

'Individual A' Wants to Remain Anonymous in Hastert Case

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s primary accuser, identified in court documents variously as “Individual A” or “James Doe”, will seek to keep his name out of ongoing court proceedings, even if those... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Roskam Holds Tele-Town Hall Amid Complaints of Short Notice

Congressman Peter Roskam was scheduled to hold a Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday night, yet some constituents said they were given little notice - another development in the ongoing saga surrounding Roskam's... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Local Politicians React to Health Care Bill

Local Politicians React to Health Care Bill

Republicans have unveiled their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare but it's already facing tough criticism from both side of the aisle. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 6:52 PM

'Emperor Wears No Clothes': Rauner, Emanuel Trade Barbs

Mayor Rahm Emanuel faulted Gov. Bruce Rauner for the continued gridlock in Springfield on Tuesday, urging the Republican to "just do your job." Read »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 6:33 PM

Rauner Open to Signing CPS, Pension Bills Without Bargain

Facing mounting public pressure, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he’s willing to sign off on bills to fund Chicago Public Schools and reform the state’s pension system, even if they’re not attached to the Illinois’ Senate’s stalled “grand compromise.” Read »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 2:35 PM

Rauner: Illinois 'Won't Do Well' Under House GOP Health Plan

Rauner: Illinois 'Won't Do Well' Under House GOP Health Plan

Illinois' Republican governor says he is "very concerned" that the state's residents might be "left in the lurch" under the health care plan proposed by congressional Republicans. Read »

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