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Friday, Aug 12, 2016 at 3:57 PM

Duckworth Said She'd Be 'Fine' With a Border Wall in 2014

Duckworth Said She'd Be 'Fine' With a Border Wall in 2014

During a 2014 interview with Stephen Colbert, Rep. Tammy Duckworth said she would be “fine” with a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Read »

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 at 7:35 PM
Fact-Checking Both Side of the Presidential Race

Fact-Checking Both Side of the Presidential Race

NBC has partnered with Factcheck.org to examine what both sides are saying ahead of Decision 2016. Phil Rogers has a look at some of Donald Trump's claims in his speech on the economy, plus what one Clinton... Watch »

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 at 3:41 PM

Former Gov. Quinn to Deliver ‘State of Our State’ Speech

Former Gov. Quinn to Deliver ‘State of Our State’ Speech

Former Gov. Pat Quinn is slated to speak at a City Club of Chicago in October to address the “State of Our State.” Read »

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Kirk Opposes Iran Deal, But His Presidential Pick Doesn't

Kirk Opposes Iran Deal, But His Presidential Pick Doesn't

Sen. Mark Kirk told CNN Thursday that he plans to write-in former Secretary of State Colin Powell for president, noting that he couldn’t back Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton because she... Read »

Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 at 2:35 PM

Axelrod: Blagojevich Resentencing 'Doesn’t Seem Right’

Axelrod: Blagojevich Resentencing 'Doesn’t Seem Right’

Former Obama advisor and famed podcast host David Axelrod sent a tweet out Tuesday bemoaning former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s recent re-sentencing. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 at 5:47 PM

Illinois Dems Launch Blog With Controversial Kirk Quotes

Illinois Dems Launch Blog With Controversial Kirk Quotes

The Democratic Party of Illinois launched a blog Thursday highlighting controversial statements made by Sen. Mark Kirk, who is facing a tough bid for reelection against Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 at 7:56 PM
Questions Surround Judge's Decision to Maintain Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Sentence

Questions Surround Judge's Decision to Maintain Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Sentence

A judge's refusal to change former Illinois Gov. Rod Bloagjevich's sentence has many wondering why? Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's Plea for a Shorter Sentence Denied

A federal judge on Tuesday declined to lower former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's prison sentence, maintaining his original 14 years, despite an appeals court tossing five of the 18 counts the jailed... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 at 12:01 AM

Judge Maintains Blagojevich's Original 14-Year Sentence

A federal judge on Tuesday declined to lower former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's prison sentence, maintaining his original 14 years, despite an appeals court tossing five of the 18 counts the jailed... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Live Blog: Resentencing of Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Live Blog: Resentencing of Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich

A federal judge will decide Tuesday whether to cut ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence on more than a dozen convictions upheld by an appellate court, including that he sought to exchange... Read »

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Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

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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.

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Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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