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Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 7:18 PM

Race to Watch: Illinois House District 20

Race to Watch: Illinois House District 20

Incumbent Republican state Rep. Michael McAuliffe is facing a tough bid for reelection against Democrat Merry Marwig in Illinois' 20th House District. Read »

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 6:13 PM

Rauner-Aligned Group Releases Trailer for 'Madigan' Doc

Rauner-Aligned Group Releases Trailer for 'Madigan' Doc

Illinois Policy Action, an arm of the Gov. Bruce Rauner-aligned Illinois Policy Institute, released a trailer for their upcoming documentary about House Speaker Mike Madigan Thursday. Read »

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 12:57 PM

Report: Kirk Has Made ‘Full Cognitive Recovery’ from Stroke

Report: Kirk Has Made ‘Full Cognitive Recovery’ from Stroke

Sen. Mark Kirk’s neurosurgeon issued a letter declaring that the Republican has made a “full cognitive recovery” from a 2012 stroke that kept him out of the Senate for nearly a year, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn... Read »

Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 at 11:07 AM

London Mayor Visits Chicago Amid First Trip to North America

London Mayor Visits Chicago Amid First Trip to North America

In his first official visit to North America as Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is visiting Montreal, Chicago and New York. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Kaine Stops in Chicago Amid Clinton's Medical Record Release

Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine received the official Chicago welcome from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan during a campaign stop Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Ex-Alderman: All Chicagoans Should Stand for National Anthem

Ex-Alderman: All Chicagoans Should Stand for National Anthem

A new ordinance proposed by a former alderman would require all Chicagoans to stand at attention when the National Anthem is played, a clear response to the recent protests by San Francisco 49ers quarterback... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Munger Urges Mendoza to Give Up One of Her Public Pensions

Munger Urges Mendoza to Give Up One of Her Public Pensions

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger urged her opponent, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, to give up one of her two public pensions Wednesday to compensate for ten years of simultaneously taking in two... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 3:22 PM

40 Percent of Illinoisans Want Another Presidential Choice

40 Percent of Illinoisans Want Another Presidential Choice

According to a new Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll released Wednesday, nearly 40 percent of Illinois voters wish they had a different presidential candidate. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Sen. Kirk Disavows Trump in Spanish TV Ad

Sen. Kirk Disavows Trump in Spanish TV Ad

Sen. Mark Kirk released a new television ad Wednesday that finds the Republican disavowing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Spanish. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Chicago's City Council Passes Big Water Tax Increase

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed water and sewer tax hike, aimed at stabilizing pension funds for municipal employees, was approved by Chicago's City Council Wednesday. Read »

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