<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago Political News and Chicago Politics]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:12:17 -0600 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:12:17 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump Makes Electability Pitch Since N.H. Victory]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:11:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TrumpSouthCarolina-AP_446723142501.jpg
Donald Trump is making his first pitch of electability after a landslide victory in New Hampshire. Trump told nearly 5,000 people in South Carolina that he could win beyond the Palmetto State, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Congressional Black Caucus to Endorse Clinton]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:38:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/508448996-Hillary-Clinton-necn-Viewer-Question.jpg
The Congressional Black Caucus PAC will endorse Hillary Clinton on Thursday, NBC News has confirmed. The group will help her campaign to win over minority voters in upcoming primary contests. Clinton has...

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<![CDATA[Illinois Pols Respond to Obama’s Statehouse Speech]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:51:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Obama+Springfield.png
Members of the Illinois legislature praised President Barack Obama for his speech at the Capitol Wednesday, which acknowledged a “poisonous political climate" and encouraged unity and bipartisan.

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<![CDATA[Ward Room Campaign Round-Up: Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates Square Off]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:39:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/nh-GettyImages-509201810.jpg
This is the third edition of the Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up, a weekly posting dedicated to keeping voters informed about the state and county's upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued...

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<![CDATA[City Council Votes to Give Oversight to IG]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:15:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CityHallNBC.jpg
Chicago aldermen are expected to move on a measure Wednesday that would give oversight of the City Council to Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Won Despite Ignoring NH's Famed Retail Politics]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:31:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509216262.jpg
The governors competing for the Republican presidential nomination all tried to outdo each other in time spent in New Hampshire, staking their campaigns on an electorate more moderate and less religious than in...

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<![CDATA['Free Ponies for All' Candidate Vermin Supreme Finishes 4th in NH Primary]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:22:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/verminsupreme.jpg
Pony-loving, boot wearing Vermin Supreme finished fourth among Democrats in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in a rout. Martin O'Malley, who dropped out of the race after the...

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<![CDATA['I Missed You Guys': Obama Gives Historic Speech in Illinois]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-AP_481030974134.jpg
President Barack Obama arrived in Springfield Wednesday morning prepared to make history, becoming the fourth U.S. president to address the Illinois General Assembly.

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<![CDATA[ICYMI: 5 Things to Know From the NH Primary]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:58:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Spotlight-Graphic-5Things-Th.jpg
Here's a quick summary of what happened on Tuesday night at the New Hampshire primary.

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<![CDATA[Trump Wins New Hampshire Primary]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:25:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000010361555_1200x675_619909187632.jpg
After winning the New Hampshire GOP primary, Donald Trump claimed he would be the "greatest jobs president that God every created." He also stated that the unemployment rate could be as high as 28 or even...]]>
<![CDATA[Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:44:30 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000010361223_1200x675_619865667712.jpg
Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, beating Hillary Clinton. He slammed Republican policies and "establishment politics" for supporting the interests of large donor groups instead of the...]]>
<![CDATA[Clinton Concedes New Hampshire Primary to Sanders]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:44:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WNBC_000000010360982_1200x675_619843651985.jpg
Hillary Clinton conceded the New Hampshire primary to Bernie Sanders, appealing to his voters in her address by discussing income inequality and Citizens United.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner to Suburban Leaders: State Should Try ‘to Be Average’]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:58:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+state+of+the+state+2016.jpg
During a town hall meeting with businesses and community leaders in Wheeling, Gov. Bruce Rauner discussed Illinois’ dire economic situation and stressed the need for the state to try “to be average.”]]>
<![CDATA[See Photos of NH Primary Vote]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:18:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-509278698-bernie-sanders-new-hampshire.jpg
Voters in New Hampshire took to their polling places to cast their ballots on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Illinoisans Support Candidates in NH Primary]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:44:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_451632437499.jpg
Prior to polls opening for the New Hampshire primary election, a handful of Illinoisans traveled to the state to volunteer for candidates John Kasich and Hilary Clinton.

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<![CDATA[Cruz Responds to Trump's Profanity]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:52:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cruz-trump-statement.jpg
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz took the high road Tuesday in his response to rival Donald Trump's use of profanity to describe the Texas Republican. Trump, the GOP frontrunner, derided his opponents while addressing about...

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<![CDATA[N.H.'s Undeclared: Less Independent Than You Might Think]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:36:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/24907310025_d9d6fcc234_o.jpg
New Hampshire voters have a reputation of being free thinkers, but truly independent voters could be hard to find in the Granite State. Undeclared voters in the state are allowed to vote in the Democratic...

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<![CDATA[Iowa vs. New Hampshire: Who Better Predicts GOP Nominee]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:04:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GOP-Primary.jpg
"Iowa picks corn and New Hampshire picks presidents," former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu famously said. Among Republicans, New Hampshire's primary results over the last few decades have been better than...

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<![CDATA[Bloomberg Talks WH Bid: Report]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:14:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-501810656.jpg
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has confirmed that he is thinking about running for president as an independent candidate in 2016. In a story published Monday in the Financial Times, Bloomberg said...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Rejects Expansion of State's Medical Marijuana Program]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:13:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_386110439915-BruceRauner.jpg
Governor Rauner continued to stifle the state’s medical marijuana pilot program last week after he failed to add a variety of conditions to the list of diseases that can legally be treated by the drug.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Announces O'Hare Gate Expansion]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:12:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/183*120/gasolina-11.jpg
The mayor’s office announced a deal Sunday to add five new American Airlines gates to O’Hare International Airport.

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<![CDATA[Aldermen Halt Emanuel’s Plan to Raise Smoking Age]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:26:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_791184962081.jpg
A group of Chicago aldermen recently shot down Mayor Emanuel’s plan to increase the city’s smoking age from 18 to 21 and add a $6 million tax on all types of tobacco.

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<![CDATA[Alvarez Battles Opponents During Editorial Board Endorsement Sessions ]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:23:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/anita_alvarez_presser.png
Embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez defended her tenure during a Chicago Tribune Editorial Board endorsement session Thursday.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Dunkin’s Primary Opponent Receives High-Profile Endorsements]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:17:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Stratton2.jpg
Julianna Stratton held a news conference Thursday to announce a host of powerful endorsements as she moves forward with her bid to unseat state Rep. Ken Dunkin, her opponent in the March 15 Democratic primary...]]>
<![CDATA['I Need Your Vote': Trump in NH]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:42:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Donald+Trump+NH+020716.jpg
Republican candidate Donald Trump spoke to hundreds at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, just two days before the state's primary. Trump asked that people not vote at all if they can't vote for

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<![CDATA[Gloria Steinem Apologizes for Comments About Young Women]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:26:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GloriaSteinem-GettyImages-508082072.jpg
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has apologized for implying that younger women have chosen to support Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton because they want to meet men, NBC News reported. "In a case...

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Calls Flint Water Crisis 'Immoral']]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 16:10:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ClintonFlint-AP_578549665494.jpg
Hillary Clinton called for “action now” to fight the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in a speech she made to a packed congregation in the city, NBC News reported. Clinton, who stepped away from the campaign...

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<![CDATA[Trump Says Iowa Caucus Results 'Very Unfair']]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 16:23:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Trump+MTP+New+Hampshire.png
Donald Trump said Sunday that he does not need to win the New Hampshire primary and that the Iowa caucus results were "very unfair" to him and Ben Carson. "There are those that say I actually came in first...

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<![CDATA[Sanders Defends His Foreign Policy Credentials]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 11:53:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sander+Defends+Foreign+Policy.png
Senator Bernie Sanders defended himself Sunday against criticism that he does not have sufficient depth or interest in foreign policy matters. "Let me reassure the American people…it goes without saying that...

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<![CDATA[Ben Carson Waits in the Wings in Debate Introduction]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 11:23:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BenCarsonDebate-AP_47261554959.jpg
The Republican debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, got off to a bit of an awkward start on Saturday. It began on a high note, when ABC moderator David Muir introduced New Jersey Gov.

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<![CDATA[GOP Debate in NH: Christie vs. Rubio, More Top Moments]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:04:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rubio-at-debate.jpg
Donald Trump was back, Carly Fiorina was out and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was drawing attacks after his strong showing in Iowa. The GOP presidential candidates were on stage Saturday night for the final...

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<![CDATA[Fiorina Uses Debate Exclusion As Fuel to Fight On]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:43:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CarlyFiorina-AP_707918705720.jpg
Carly Fiorina told a crowd of supporters on Saturday morning that "the game is rigged," assailing ABC News for not inviting her onto Saturday's GOP debate stage because of her low polling numbers nationally, NBC...

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<![CDATA[WATCH: John Kasich's Snow Day in N.H.]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:53:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/john-kasich-snowball-fight-new-hampshire.jpg
Considering how much time he has spent campaigning in New Hampshire, it's perhaps no surprise that Republican John Kasich took some time Friday to have a snowball fight. The governor of Ohio, whose...

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<![CDATA[Illinois Dems Move to Make Obama’s Birthday a State Holiday]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:23:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama4.png
Illinois State Rep. Andre Thapedi proposed legislation this week that would make President Barack Obama’s birthday a state holiday.

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<![CDATA[Las Vegas Newspaper Endorses Marco Rubio]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:38:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MarcoRubio-AP_480187241596.jpg
The Las Vegas Review-Journal endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Friday, NBC News reported. "Our reasons for endorsing Sen. Rubio are many. Notably, the Florida senator has deep personal connections to the...

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<![CDATA[Clinton Fights Back After Low N.H. Poll Numbers]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:24:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_617541352129-debate.jpg
Hillary Clinton is way behind in the latest New Hampshire polls, and she came out swinging in last night's Democratic Debate.

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<![CDATA[Megyn Kelly Talks Trump Boycott on 'Tonight Show' ]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:45:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/KELLY_AP_828085981256.jpg
Megyn Kelly explained on "The Tonight Show” that she was just doing her job as a journalist during the Republican debate she moderated that featured a clash with Donald Trump. “We never thought anyone...

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<![CDATA[Poll: Trump Holds Lead in N.H., Rubio Gains Ground]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:50:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rubio-Trump-Split.jpg
Donald Trump continues to lead Tuesday's New Hampshire primary after his second-place finish in Iowa, but Marco Rubio has gained ground on him, according to a new NBC/WSJ/Marist poll conducted after the...

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<![CDATA[Clinton '100 Percent Confident' Emails Won't Hurt Campaign]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:26:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HillaryClintonDebate-GettyImages-508470704.jpg
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was faced with the nagging issue of her private email server once again during MSNBC’s Democratic debate in Durham, New Hampshire on Thursday. Clinton said she is “100...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Creates New Private Economic Agency]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:01:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner1.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner established the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corporation Wednesday, a privately run and funded corporation dedicated to bringing new business to the state.]]>
<![CDATA[Jeb Bush Campaigns With Mom in New Hampshire]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:47:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/JebBarbaraBush-AP_83444133525.jpg
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has started to rely more on his family as he continues to campaign. Bush was joined by former first lady Barbara Bush Thursday, for the first time since he announced his bid...

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<![CDATA[Aldermen Look to Improve City's Mental Health Services]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:12:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ervin+nbc.jpg
A group of Chicago aldermen announced a plan to bolster the city’s mental health system Wednesday.]]>