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Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Congressman Compares Trump Presidency to ‘Stranger Things'

During a speech Thursday on the House floor Thursday, Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, of Rhode Island, compared the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency to the fictional netherworld from Netflix’s... Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Trump Once Again Bemoans 'Horrendous' Chicago Violence

Trump Once Again Bemoans 'Horrendous' Chicago Violence

President Donald Trump referenced the “horrendous situation” in Chicago Thursday as he touted the formation of a new federal task force targeting the nation’s violent crime. Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Former Obama Aide Fined For Illegal Uber Lobbying: Report

Former Obama Aide Fined For Illegal Uber Lobbying: Report

A former Barack Obama campaign manager who was also once a senior executive for Uber was fined $90,000 after he illegally lobbied Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the rideshare app, the Chicago Tribune is reporting. Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 1:42 PM

Illinois Sens. Low on Office Supplies Due to Budget Impasse

Illinois Sens. Low on Office Supplies Due to Budget Impasse

Illinois senators were reportedly told this week to conserve paper, printer ink and toner after the Senate's office supply vendor stopped accepting orders due to a lack of payment related to the state’s... Read »

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 5:18 PM

Military Aircraft Delivers Obama Belongings to Chicago

A military C-5 aircraft arrived in Chicago Thursday morning, bringing with it a shipment of former President Barack Obama’s belongings. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 9:29 PM

Illinois Congressmen Call for Probe Into Flynn Controversy

Illinois Congressmen Call for Probe Into Flynn Controversy

A group of Congressional Democrats from Illinois are calling for an independent investigation into the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who stepped down Monday amid allegations... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 9:22 PM

Boykin to AG Sessions: Help Us 'Dismantle' Chicago Gangs

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin called for help combating Chicago violence Wednesday in a letter sent to newly sworn in Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking for more federal money and boots on... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 7:09 PM

Demonstrators Protest Trump Aide’s Event at U of Chicago

Around 150 people gathered near the center of the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus to protest an appearance by President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 5:50 PM

Barack Obama Returns to Chicago: Source

Barack Obama Returns to Chicago: Source

Former President Barack Obama returned to Chicago Wednesday for the first time since the end of his presidency, a source close to Obama confirmed. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Rauner Lauds Senate Plan During Latest Budget Address

Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his third budget address Wednesday in Springfield, lauding the developing Senate "grand bargain" as a sign of progress amid the state's nearly two-year impasse. Read »

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