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Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 at 4:39 PM

Senate OKs Tougher Sentences for Repeat Gun Offenders

The Illinois Senate has approved tougher sentences for repeat gun offenders aimed at reducing violence on Chicago's streets. Read »

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 at 10:40 AM

Illinois Man Jailed for Bilking Acquaintance Forms 2 PACs

Illinois Man Jailed for Bilking Acquaintance Forms 2 PACs

An Illinois man sentenced to 10 years in prison for bilking a female acquaintance has started two political action committees from behind bars. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 at 11:41 PM

Facing Budget Shortfall, NEIU Cancels Classes for 3 Days

Northeastern Illinois University will cancel classes for three days in April and May in a cost-cutting effort during the state’s budget crisis, the school announced Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 at 6:19 PM
Illinois Politicians React to Supreme Court Showdown

Illinois Politicians React to Supreme Court Showdown

The big vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, is set for Friday. The Republican majority, which doesn't appear to have the full 60 votes needed for confirmation, will likely... Watch »

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 at 6:11 PM

Emanuel Wants CPS Students to Show Proof of Post-School Plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to require all Chicago Public Schools students to show proof of a post-high school plan in order to graduate, unveiling an ambitious new initiative on Wednesday. Read »

Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Ex-Top Cop Says He's Been Encouraged to Run for Mayor

Chicago’s former top cop Garry McCarthy said “a lot of people are encouraging” him to run for mayor of Chicago, but he claims “politics is not in my DNA.” Read »

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 at 5:56 AM

Drake Endorses Chance the Rapper for Chicago Mayor

Add Drake to the list of people who believe Chance the Rapper could run for mayor in Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 at 8:54 AM

Chicago Teachers Will Not Hold 1-Day Strike in May: CTU

It appears Chicago Public Schools teachers won't be walking off the job on May Day. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 at 7:08 AM
Emanuel Responds to Trump’s Remarks About Chicago Education

Emanuel Responds to Trump’s Remarks About Chicago Education

President Donald Trump took aim at Chicago once again on Tuesday when he referred to the city's public school system as a "rough situation," a remark that did not sit well with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Watch »

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017 at 7:18 AM

Gay Rights Organizations Hail Court Ruling as 'Game Changer'

Companies cannot discriminate against LGBT employees in the workplace because of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court said, in a ruling that a gay rights group called a "game changer." The... 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.

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...

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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