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Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Kaine Stops in Chicago Amid Clinton's Medical Record Release

Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine received the official Chicago welcome from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan during a campaign stop Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Ex-Alderman: All Chicagoans Should Stand for National Anthem

Ex-Alderman: All Chicagoans Should Stand for National Anthem

A new ordinance proposed by a former alderman would require all Chicagoans to stand at attention when the National Anthem is played, a clear response to the recent protests by San Francisco 49ers quarterback... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Munger Urges Mendoza to Give Up One of Her Public Pensions

Munger Urges Mendoza to Give Up One of Her Public Pensions

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger urged her opponent, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, to give up one of her two public pensions Wednesday to compensate for ten years of simultaneously taking in two... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 3:22 PM

40 Percent of Illinoisans Want Another Presidential Choice

40 Percent of Illinoisans Want Another Presidential Choice

According to a new Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll released Wednesday, nearly 40 percent of Illinois voters wish they had a different presidential candidate. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Sen. Kirk Disavows Trump in Spanish TV Ad

Sen. Kirk Disavows Trump in Spanish TV Ad

Sen. Mark Kirk released a new television ad Wednesday that finds the Republican disavowing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Spanish. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Chicago's City Council Passes Big Water Tax Increase

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed water and sewer tax hike, aimed at stabilizing pension funds for municipal employees, was approved by Chicago's City Council Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Clinton, Kaine to Fundraise in Chicago

Clinton, Kaine to Fundraise in Chicago

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, are hitting Chicago this month for a handful of fundraisers, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 7:32 AM

Former Ald. Sandi Jackson Released From Prison

Former Ald. Sandi Jackson Released From Prison

Former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson surrendered to a minimum-security prison camp in West Virginia Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 10:30 PM

Former George W. Bush Staffer Talks Presidential Race

Former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Tevi Troy, who served during the George W. Bush administration, weighed in on the upcoming presidential election Tuesday in an exclusive interview with... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 at 6:32 PM

How Money is Being Spent in Kirk-Duckworth Race

Democrat Tammy Duckworth holds a commanding lead in money raised over incumbent Republican Mark Kirk in one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country. 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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