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Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Chicago Officially Submits Bid for Amazon's 2nd Headquarters

The city of Chicago has officially submitted its bid to be home to Amazon's second headquarters. Read »

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Karen Lewis Reveals She Suffered Stroke Last Week

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis revealed on Tuesday she suffered a stroke last week, but will recover. Read »

Monday, Oct 16, 2017 at 12:10 PM

Obama Makes Surprise Stop at Youth Class in Chicago

President Barack Obama dropped by unannounced Saturday at the first "Obama Foundation" training day in Chicago. Read »

Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Illinois' 200th Birthday Party Gets Late Start, Low Budget

Illinois is on the brink of its bicentennial bash , but political skirmishing that has battered the state could be blamed for late party planning, a comparatively low budget — and ultimately, its contribution to... Read »

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Gun Control Measures Proposed in Illinois

At least two gun control measures could be addressed in the upcoming veto session of the Illinois General Assembly. Read »

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Ald. Calls Proposed Entertainment Tax Increase a 'Gimmick'

Ald. Calls Proposed Entertainment Tax Increase a 'Gimmick'

From musicals to sporting events, you could soon pay more for big events in Chicago. Read »

Friday, Oct 13, 2017 at 10:18 PM
Deep Dish: Top Political Headlines

Deep Dish: Top Political Headlines

Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss the latest political headlines in Illinois. Watch »

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:58 PM

GOP Group Hosts Gun Raffle Fundraiser Despite Vegas Shooting

Suburban Chicago Republicans will continue with a scheduled fundraiser, raffling off nearly a dozen firearms Friday, just weeks after the Las Vegas massacre became the deadliest mass shooting in modern Read »

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 11:28 AM

Emanuel on Trump: Tillerson is 'Insightful'

Emanuel on Trump: Tillerson is 'Insightful'

Chicago's mayor responded to President Donald Trump's comments about his city's violence by saying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's "assessment of people" is "insightful." Read »

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:12 PM

Ald. Ameya Pawar Ends Campaign for Illinois Governor

Ald. Ameya Pawar Ends Campaign for Illinois Governor

Citing a lack of funds, Ald. Ameya Pawar has withdrawn his name from the list of candidates for Illinois governor. Read »

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