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Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 at 4:24 PM

Rauner, Trump Had ‘Good, Positive Conversation’: Report

Rauner, Trump Had ‘Good, Positive Conversation’: Report

Gov. Bruce Rauner told a group of reporters and business owners Wednesday that he had a “good, positive conversation” with President-elect Donald Trump last week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Who Will Trump Appoint to Supreme Court?

Who Will Trump Appoint to Supreme Court?

Arguably one of the most dramatic and lasting impacts President-elect Donald Trump could leave on the nation is who he appoints to the Supreme Court. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 at 4:51 PM

State Budget Negotiations Continue, Partisan Divide Remains

State Budget Negotiations Continue, Partisan Divide Remains

Illinois’ top legislative leaders met for the second consecutive day to discuss the state’s budget Wednesday, but it appears a bipartisan compromise remains elusive with the state's current stopgap plan set... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 at 11:38 AM

City Council Votes to Pass Mayor Emanuel’s 2017 Budget

The Chicago City Council voted to pass Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2017 budget Wednesday, making living in the city even more costly. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 at 7:16 AM

Attorneys for Aaron Schock Ask Judge to Postpone Arraignment

Attorneys for Aaron Schock Ask Judge to Postpone Arraignment

Attorneys for former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock are asking a federal judge to postpone his arraignment on charges alleging he schemed to profit personally from his government job. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 at 6:30 PM

GOP: Madigan is 'Running Out the Clock' on Budget Talks

GOP: Madigan is 'Running Out the Clock' on Budget Talks

After a preliminary budget meeting Tuesday in Springfield, Illinois Republicans accused House Speaker Michael Madigan of “running out the clock” on negotiations. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 at 2:27 PM

Mendoza Will Continue Withholding Lawmakers’ Pay: Report

Mendoza Will Continue Withholding Lawmakers’ Pay: Report

Comptroller-elect Susana Mendoza announced Tuesday that she will keep her predecessor’s policy that withholds state government paychecks until other bills are paid, according to Politico. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 at 1:13 PM

See New Illinois License Plates Coming Soon for Some Drivers

See New Illinois License Plates Coming Soon for Some Drivers

Illinois’ license plates are getting a revamp. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Former Alderman Vrdolyak Indicted on Tax Charges

Former Alderman Vrdolyak Indicted on Tax Charges

Former Chicago alderman Edward R. Vrdolyak has been indicted on charges of impeding the IRS and tax evasion. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Rauner, Illinois Legislative Leaders to Meet at Capitol

Rauner, Illinois Legislative Leaders to Meet at Capitol

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan plan on being in the same room to discuss Illinois' economic future. Read »

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