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Friday, Jun 17, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Illinois Lottery Supports Short-Term Budget to Pay Winners

Illinois Lottery Supports Short-Term Budget to Pay Winners

Illinois Lottery officials say they support a short-term budget proposed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner because it would pay lottery winners. Read »

Friday, Jun 17, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Budget Impasse Could Halt Construction Projects: Officials

Budget Impasse Could Halt Construction Projects: Officials

Construction projects across the state Illinois could soon be halted if the state doesn't come to an agreement amid the nearly year-long budget impasse. Read »

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 6:03 PM

City Council Committee Approves Paid Sick Leave

A Chicago City Council committee approved a measure Thursday that would offer workers paid sick leave Read »

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Clinton Holds 19 Point Lead Over Trump in Illinois: Poll

Clinton Holds 19 Point Lead Over Trump in Illinois: Poll

According to a new poll of 732 likely Illinois voters, Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a double-digit lead over Republican Donald Trump in the state. Read »

Friday, Jun 17, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Kirk Introduces Bill to Alert FBI If Terror Suspects Buy Guns

In the wake of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Sen. Mark Kirk introduced new legislation Thursday that would alert the Federal Bureau of Investigation if a terror suspect attempts to buy a gun. Read »

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 at 2:06 PM

Illinois Reporter's 'Budget Beard' Marks Big Milestone

Illinois Reporter's 'Budget Beard' Marks Big Milestone

An Illinois political reporter's hairy situation just keeps getting hairier as the state's historic budget impasse continues. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 at 7:48 PM

Emanuel Ordered to Testify in Lawsuit: Report

Emanuel Ordered to Testify in Lawsuit: Report

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was ordered to testify in a federal trial related to a lawsuit filed by eight Chicago police officers who were allegedly dropped from the mayor’s security detail for political reasons after... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Kirk Asks FBI for Increased Security at Chicago Pride Parade

Kirk Asks FBI for Increased Security at Chicago Pride Parade

Kirk sent a letter to the FBI Wednesday calling for increased security at Sunday's Pride Parade in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 at 8:26 PM

Treasurer: State Losing Millions a Month Due to Budget Impasse

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced Tuesday that the state earned $7.8 million less in investment income during the first quarter of 2016 as a result of the ongoing budget impasse. This translates into... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Chicago Homeowners Face Nearly 13 Percent Property Tax Hike

Chicago Homeowners Face Nearly 13 Percent Property Tax Hike

Property taxes for Cook County homeowners are about to spike, especially in Chicago. Read »

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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 that...

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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