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Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Chicago City Council Approves $21M Property Tax Rebate

Chicago City Council Approves $21M Property Tax Rebate

Chicago’s City Council unanimously approved a $20 million property tax rebate program that looks to give homeowners some relief in the wake of a record property tax increase, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 4:59 PM

Sen. Mark Kirk Changes His Vote for President

Sen. Mark Kirk Changes His Vote for President

During a radio interview Tuesday, Sen. Mark Kirk announced he would write in former Secretary of State Colin Powell for president, instead of voting for Republican nominee Donald Trump. The announceme... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 12:53 PM

Clinton: 'Rauner Has Been Holding the Budget Hostage'

Clinton: 'Rauner Has Been Holding the Budget Hostage'

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton slammed Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday, blaming him for the fallout from the state’s budget impasse. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 11:59 AM

Judge Blocks Illinois Redistricting Plan From Ballot

Judge Blocks Illinois Redistricting Plan From Ballot

A voter referendum aimed at changing the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is unconstitutional for the November ballot, a judge determined Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Pence's Record More Complicated Than Campaign Claims

Pence's Record More Complicated Than Campaign Claims

The national rollout of Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence has touted the Indiana governor's record on jobs, tax cuts, infrastructure and school funding. While many of the claims Donald Trump... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 at 8:51 AM
Tight Security at Republican National Convention

Tight Security at Republican National Convention

Tuesday night had tight security both inside and outside the RNC convention hall as protests grew larger and more heated. NBC5’s political reporter Mary Ann Ahern spoke to the Chicagoan in charge of keeping it... Watch »

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 10:45 PM
Trump Named GOP Nominee, Completing Stunning Climb

Trump Named GOP Nominee, Completing Stunning Climb

Cementing an extraordinary political takeover, Republicans nominated Donald Trump Tuesday night as their presidential standard-bearer. Carol Marin reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 7:37 PM
Tensions High Amid Protests at GOP Convention

Tensions High Amid Protests at GOP Convention

A tense scene near the convention hall as protesters scuffled with police. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Addresses Illinois Delegates

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski spoke at a breakfast for Illinois delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Tuesday... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 at 9:02 PM
Behind the Nomination Process at the GOP Convention

Behind the Nomination Process at the GOP Convention

Carol Marin takes a look at the nomination process at the GOP convention. Watch »

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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. An...

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 that...

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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