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Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 5:45 PM

How Illinois Senators Voted on Betsy Devos’ Confirmation

How Illinois Senators Voted on Betsy Devos’ Confirmation

Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth voted Tuesday against the nomination of Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s choice to head the U.S. Department of Education. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 1:27 PM

Emanuel: Dems Should 'Take a Chill Pill' Following Election

Emanuel: Dems Should 'Take a Chill Pill' Following Election

Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged fellow Democrats Monday to “take a chill pill” and accept their diminished power in Washington. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 6:22 PM

Trump Compares Chicago to War-Torn Middle Eastern Country

President Donald Trump compared Chicago’s violence to that of a war-torn country in the Middle East during a meeting Thursday with a group of county sheriffs at the White House. Read »

Monday, Feb 6, 2017 at 8:39 PM

AG Madigan Defends Motion to Halt State Workers' Pay

AG Madigan Defends Motion to Halt State Workers' Pay

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan explained her reasoning Sunday for filing a court motion that would block state employees from getting paid. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 9:48 AM

'Barack Obama Day' Could Be Illinois' Newest State Holiday

'Barack Obama Day' Could Be Illinois' Newest State Holiday

Tributes to former President Obama have abounded since he left office last month, but some Illinois lawmakers are looking to honor their former colleague in a way that literally only they can. Read »

Monday, Feb 6, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Proposed Bill Would Abolish Most of Illinois' State Symbols

Proposed Bill Would Abolish Most of Illinois' State Symbols

A bill proposed in the Illinois Senate would get rid of state symbols, such as the state bird, flower and state animal, among many others. Read »

Monday, Feb 6, 2017 at 3:42 PM

State Rep. Looks to Eliminate Office of Lieutenant Governor

State Rep. Looks to Eliminate Office of Lieutenant Governor

Republican state Rep. David McSweeney has filed an amendment to eliminate the office of lieutenant governor. Read »

Monday, Feb 6, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Chicago's Lawsuit Against Redflex Settled for $20M

Chicago's Lawsuit Against Redflex Settled for $20M

Chicago has settled its lawsuit against the beleaguered Redflex Traffic Systems for $20 million, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday. Read »

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 at 3:53 PM

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to Push Similar Budget Message

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says his annual budget message this month will be similar to one he delivered last year, asking legislators to work with him on crafting a balanced spending plan or allowing him... Read »

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 at 6:32 PM

Hundreds Protest Rep. Peter Roskam in Suburban Palatine

Hundreds of people gathered in suburban Palatine to protest Rep. Peter Roskam on Saturday morning. Read »

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