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Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 at 6:02 PM
By Shelby Bremer

Here's Who's Running for Governor of Illinois

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Monday, Apr 10, 2017 at 7:01 PM

Emanuel, Cubs Note No Tax Dollars in Wrigley Renovations

As the Chicago Cubs celebrate the start of a new baseball season, the team’s owners are quick to point out that the major renovations at Wrigley Field were not done using any taxpayer funding. Read »

Sunday, Apr 9, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Advocates File Complaint in Disabilities Consent Decree

Advocates File Complaint in Disabilities Consent Decree

Attorneys have filed a federal complaint alleging that the state of Illinois is not fulfilling its commitment to fund disability services as required by a 2011 consent decree,. Read »

Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 at 10:17 AM

Byrd-Bennett Wants 3 1/2 Years in Prison; Feds Seek 7-Plus

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett believes she deserves far less prison time for an audacious kickback scheme than the seven-plus years the government is seeking, asking the judge she’ll... Read »

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 8:24 PM

'Maybe I'm Going to Do It': Ex-Top Cop Could Get Political

Just after Garry McCarthy said he had been encouraged to run for mayor in Chicago, the outspoken former top cop said he might soon get political. Read »

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Illinois Politicians React to US Missile Strike in Syria

Illinois Politicians React to US Missile Strike in Syria

Illinois polticians respond to the Trump administration's decision to fire a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria in retaliation for the gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. Watch »

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 8:07 AM

Judge to Rule Next Week on Innocence Request in 1957 Killing

An Illinois judge plans to rule next week on a request by a man to be declared innocent in the 1957 kidnapping and slaying of a 7-year-old. Read »

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 7:19 AM

Judge Tosses Federal Lawsuit Alleging Hastert Misused Office

Judge Tosses Federal Lawsuit Alleging Hastert Misused Office

In what has become a rare legal win for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a federal judge has tossed a lawsuit alleging he used a taxpayer-funded office to do private business after leaving Congress, the... Read »

Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 at 4:55 PM

J.B. Pritzker Announces Run for Illinois Governor

The 2018 race for Illinois governor likely will be the most expensive ever. Read »

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 at 4:39 PM

Senate OKs Tougher Sentences for Repeat Gun Offenders

The Illinois Senate has approved tougher sentences for repeat gun offenders aimed at reducing violence on Chicago's streets. 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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