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Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 at 3:27 PM
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By James Neveau

Illinois Politicians React to Withdrawal From Paris Agreemen

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, and Illinois politicians were quick to react to the decision.View gallery »

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Friday, Jan 20, 2017 at 11:06 AM
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By NBC-Telemundo Chicago

How Melania Trump Will Serve in Role of First Lady

Melania Trump promised an action plan when she arrived at the White House. Here is what she hopes to focus on.View gallery »

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Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 at 6:52 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

First Lady's Dress at Obama's Farewell Speech: What It Meant

In returning to Chicago last week for his farewell speech, it was clear President Barack Obama was bringing his presidency full circle, but in her own way, first lady Michelle Obama was subtly doing the...View gallery »

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Thursday, Jan 5, 2017 at 3:10 PM
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By LIsa Balde

Behind the Scenes: Carol Marin's Interview With Obama

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Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 at 11:40 AM
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By Telemundo/NBC Chicago

What Hillary Clinton's Decision to Wear Purple Means

During her concession speech to new president elect, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and her team's decision to wear purple drew much attention.View gallery »

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Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn's 'Rauneropoly' Game Will Give You Nightmares; Chicago Media Hates Valerie Jarrett

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn's 'Rauneropoly' Game Will Give You Nightmares; Chicago Media Hates Valerie Jarrett

It's Friday! And that means another This Week in Mudslinging report on the over-the-top, openly hostile, endlessly entertaining alternate universe that is Illinois politics. Some would call it the 10th circle of... Read »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Unleashes Anti-Quinn Media Blitz Targeting Chicago Voters

Rauner Unleashes Anti-Quinn Media Blitz Targeting Chicago Voters

The same day President Obama arrived in Chicago to stump for Gov. Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner—the deep-pocketed investor gunning to steal Quinn's job for the GOP—unleashed a trio of new attack ads apparently... Read »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Blasts Obama's 'Anti-Business Rhetoric' in Revealing Interview

Rauner Blasts Obama's 'Anti-Business Rhetoric' in Revealing Interview

Let's assume Rauner, the wealthy Winnetka investor-turned-GOP governor candidate, is less than enthused about hometown hero/President Barack Obama endorsing blustery incumbent Pat Quinn during a crunchtime push... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 4:13 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn vs. Rauner: Rasmussen Gives Incumbent the Edge in Stark Turnaround

Quinn vs. Rauner: Rasmussen Gives Incumbent the Edge in Stark Turnaround

In a significant turnaround, the political pollster Rasmussen Reports has updated its projection for Illinois' governor election to give Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn the edge over Republican challenger... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Touts Quinn in New Radio Ad

Michelle Obama Touts Quinn in New Radio Ad

Michelle Obama is taking to the radio waves to stump for Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who's entrenched in a bitter re-election battle against Republican rival Bruce Rauner. Read »

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