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Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 at 5:32 AM

Rauner Relates Cubs' Turnaround to Illinois Politics

Rauner Relates Cubs' Turnaround to Illinois Politics

During a conversation Wednesday with Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, Gov. Bruce Rauner related the organization's recent turnaround to his attempts to overhaul the state government. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 at 1:21 PM

Roskam Says Tele Town Hall is Political Event

Roskam Says Tele Town Hall is Political Event

Congressman Peter Roskam's latest Telephone Town Hall was a campaign event and not official congressional business, his office said Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 at 11:02 PM

'Individual A' Wants to Remain Anonymous in Hastert Case

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s primary accuser, identified in court documents variously as “Individual A” or “James Doe”, will seek to keep his name out of ongoing court proceedings, even if those... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Roskam Holds Tele-Town Hall Amid Complaints of Short Notice

Congressman Peter Roskam was scheduled to hold a Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday night, yet some constituents said they were given little notice - another development in the ongoing saga surrounding Roskam's... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Local Politicians React to Health Care Bill

Local Politicians React to Health Care Bill

Republicans have unveiled their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare but it's already facing tough criticism from both side of the aisle. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 6:52 PM

'Emperor Wears No Clothes': Rauner, Emanuel Trade Barbs

Mayor Rahm Emanuel faulted Gov. Bruce Rauner for the continued gridlock in Springfield on Tuesday, urging the Republican to "just do your job." Read »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 6:33 PM

Rauner Open to Signing CPS, Pension Bills Without Bargain

Facing mounting public pressure, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he’s willing to sign off on bills to fund Chicago Public Schools and reform the state’s pension system, even if they’re not attached to the Illinois’ Senate’s stalled “grand compromise.” Read »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 2:35 PM

Rauner: Illinois 'Won't Do Well' Under House GOP Health Plan

Rauner: Illinois 'Won't Do Well' Under House GOP Health Plan

Illinois' Republican governor says he is "very concerned" that the state's residents might be "left in the lurch" under the health care plan proposed by congressional Republicans. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 2:37 PM

Illinois Treasurer Asks Trump for Details on Pot Enforcement

Illinois Treasurer Asks Trump for Details on Pot Enforcement

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs penned a letter Monday to President Donald Trump asking for clarity on his administration’s plan for federal enforcement in states with medical marijuana programs, like Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Chance the Rapper to Announce CPS Schools Receiving Funding

Chance the Rapper to Announce CPS Schools Receiving Funding

After announcing Monday that he’ll donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, Chance the Rapper is expected to offer a list of CPS schools Tuesday that will each receive an additional $10,000 in funding from his organization. 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. An individual knowledgeable of conversations about the decision tells NBC News that Pence was made aware several weeks ago through an intermediary that he was being considered for the VP slot. Officials close to the governor stress that Pence has had absolutely no direct contact with the Trump campaign since before Indiana's primary in April. Pence, who is running for his own re-election this November, endorsed Ted Cruz over Trump in the primary contest but noted at the time that the real estate mogul has "given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans with the lack of progress in Washington, D.C." In a news conference on Thursday, Pence declined to say whether or not he is being vetted, and there are other possible picks for the job, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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 decision.

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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