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Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at 12:24 PM

Lawsuit Seeks 'Seat At the Table' on Chicago Police Reforms

Lawsuit Seeks 'Seat At the Table' on Chicago Police Reforms

Another new lawsuit wants to ensure issues related to people with disabilities are addressed in any plan to reform Chicago police. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at 7:04 AM

David Harris Joins List of Ill. Lawmakers Calling it Quits

David Harris Joins List of Ill. Lawmakers Calling it Quits

State Representative David Harris (R-53), after long talks with his wife and two grown sons, said he will not run for re-election in 2018 and there's a reason why. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at 12:23 AM
Calls For 'Common Sense Gun Laws' in Illinois and Beyond

Calls For 'Common Sense Gun Laws' in Illinois and Beyond

In light of the tragedy in Las Vegas, there are now renewed calls for what's known as "common sense gun laws." Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says it's time to close the loopholes in the background... Watch »

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 at 5:23 PM

COPA Head Resigns, Emanuel Names Interim Replacement

The agency investigating police misconduct has new leadership, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 at 4:26 PM

Sharon Fairley Moves Forward in Attorney General Race

Sharon Fairley, the chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, is moving forward as a possible candidate for Illinois attorney general. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Rauner Still Won’t Say He’s Running for Re-election

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has yet to officially announce he is running for re-election and his answer to that question Tuesday left more wondering if he might choose not to run again. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 at 12:10 AM

Chicago Officials: City Is Prepared to Host Cubs, Marathon

From Cubs games to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago officials say stepped up security plans have been and will stay in place for major events happening in the city. Read »

Monday, Oct 2, 2017 at 10:50 PM

Illinois Politicians React to Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an order Monday to ensure that flags will fly at half-staff in Illinois the rest of the week in honor of the victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas. Read »

Monday, Oct 2, 2017 at 3:24 PM

Ives Not Ruling Out Run Against Rauner in Abortion Backlash

Illinois Republicans are split over whether to support Gov. Bruce Rauner after his decision to sign the abortion funding measure, House Bill 40. Read »

Monday, Oct 2, 2017 at 2:22 PM

Citing Chicago, Sanders Says Gun Law Talk 'Premature'

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used Chicago as an example of why it is premature to talk about policy changes to the... Read »

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