<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago Political News and Chicago Politics]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:39:35 -0500 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:39:35 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chicago Mayor Race: Fioretti Accepts Responsibility for His Law Firms' Legal Trouble]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:43:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bob_Fioretti_4-14.jpg
Chicago mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti is defending his track record of financial competence amid reports that the 2nd Ward alderman and his law firms have been the target of lawsuits over allegedly...]]>
<![CDATA[Sheila Simon vs. Judy Baar Topinka: The Illinois Comptroller Race Is Unsurprisingly One-Sided]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:39:47 -0500 Judy Baar Topinka
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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is running to unseat Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka this November—and the outlook does not look good.

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<![CDATA[Quinn, Rauner Neck and Neck in Competitive Illinois Governor Race]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:37:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner_Quinn_9-19.jpg
Two months ago pollsters were shifting predictions to favor GOP candidate Bruce Rauner over Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the Illinois gubernatorial race. But now, with the]]>
<![CDATA[A Q&A with Libertarian Candidate Chad Grimm]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:31:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/202*120/Chad+Grimm+for+Governorp1.jpg
Chad Grimm, a Libertarian on the November ballot for governor along with Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and GOP businessman Bruce Rauner, sat down with The Associated Press for an interview.

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<![CDATA[Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:58:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_isis_irak_siria.jpg
Illinois' Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who was in the minority of senators voting against the Iraq War 12 years ago, says he he had "no choice" but to support President...

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<![CDATA[This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:29:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AZUSA-RAIN-MUD.jpg
Who's ready for a mud bath? Another week, another shameless display of political character assassination. Let's jump in!]]>
<![CDATA[Dueling Quinn-Rauner Attack Ads Spew Venom on Moral Character]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:21:40 -0500
Out-campaigned on the income inequality issue, Bruce Rauner is pumping up a media campaign to redirect focus upon Illinois' most powerful Democrats and tying Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan...]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Tweets for Donations: 'Help Me Make a Decision']]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:00:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_9-2.jpg
Still undecided on running for mayor, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is soliciting supporters on Twitter to help pad her campaign war chest with enough money to go up against Rahm...]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner, Part Steelers Owner, Won't Weigh in on Abuse Scandals]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:52:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_marijuana.jpg
Rauner, however, wants no part of the domestic abuse mess currently bedeviling the National Football League, and he declined to take questions on the topic.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Bars College Journalists from Presser]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:18:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+wine+club.jpg
"When I asked about future events, she said that it was their 'policy' that only credentialed press would be allowed in," Lawrence told Korecki. "When I mentioned that some of the students were published in the...]]>
<![CDATA[Dick Durbin Seeks to Avoid Eric Cantor's Shocking Fate]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:04:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_dickdurbin.jpg
Despite a positive outlook, Illinois' Dick Durbin—the second most powerful Democrat in the U.S. Senate—is not resting on his laurels in an election-season battle against Republican challenger Jim

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<![CDATA[Why Chicago Will Win the Obama Library]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:55:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/455214430.jpg
As we prophesied, Chicago stands atop President Barack Obama's shortlist as a location to host his highly coveted library and museum. The president's foundation, whittling down the field of contenders to...

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<![CDATA[The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:58:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/tlmd_obama_getty_michelle.jpg
South Chicago suburbs Park Forest and Chicago Heights have renamed two area schools in tribute to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.]]>
<![CDATA[Durbin Leads Oberweis 55-32 In New Tribune Poll]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:19:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/452895498.jpg
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is in a good position to win a fourth term serving Illinois this November, despite possibilities that Republicans will take hold of the Senate and weeks of negative attacks by opponent Jim...

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<![CDATA[Fioretti Wants to "Bring the City Together"]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:28:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bob_Fioretti_4-14.jpg
Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti announced Saturday that he will run for mayor, marking the first major challenger to face Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February election.]]>
<![CDATA[Two Chicago Sites Cut From List for Obama Library]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/159846115.jpg
Two Chicago sites -- in Lakeside and Bronzeville -- have been cut from the running. The University of Chicago remains as a candidate.

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<![CDATA[Durbin Makes No Mention of Oberweis in First Re-Election Ad]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:55:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/452895498.jpg
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who's seeking to hold onto his Illinois post amid competition from Jim Oberweis, has released his first political ad this election cycle.

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<![CDATA[Democratic Poll Shows Quinn Ahead for First Time]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:43:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_gov_pat_quinn.jpg
After weeks of losing ground to Bruce Rauner, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is three points ahead of his Republican rival in a new poll released Thursday by the Democratic Governors Association.]]>
<![CDATA[President Obama Details Plan to Attack ISIS]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:36:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008763421_1200x675_327698499823.jpg
President Barack Obama addressed the nation Wednesday night. He announced plans to attack ISIS. NBC's Rob Elgas reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Mocks Quinn Aide For 'Passing Notes' During Non-Debate]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:26:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/228*120/AndersonB.jpg
Now that the gloves are off, Bruce Rauner is going after Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election team.]]>
<![CDATA[Alderman Wants Speed-Limit Increase After Spike in Tickets]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:41:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/209*120/b83583ccfcab4c1dbaf2e7c32ccb9fce.jpg
Emanuel's statements come after media reports about at least 9,000 questionable tickets at a dozen city intersections.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:52:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/karen+lewis+0619.jpg
Two of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's most vocal critics are incher closer to making a decision on whether to challenge him at the ballot box this February.]]>
<![CDATA[The 10 Most Riveting Moments in the Rauner-Quinn (Non) Debate]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:06:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn-rauner-p1.jpg
Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner hurled the lowest of blows at one another during the rivals' first official debate, held Tuesday morning before the Chicago...]]>
<![CDATA[Why Ditka Filmed That Rauner Commercial]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:08:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/225*120/Ditka+p1.jpg
The legendary Chicago Bears coach is as beloved as he is ubiquitous here in the Windy City, where the 74-year-old sports icon and ESPN radio host hawks all sorts of national and local brands—raking in...]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Loans $40,000 to Her Campaign]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:54:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_8-13.jpg
Chicago Teacher's Union President and potential mayoral contender in 2015 Karen Lewis has boosted her own fundraising efforts. Lewis Monday revealed that she had loaned her own campaign $40,000.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Luis Gutierrez Slams White House for Immigration Delay]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:23:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_luis_gutierrez_denver.jpg
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez warns that President Barack Obama's immigration indecision might have political consequences for state Democrats seeking re-election this November.

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<![CDATA[Anti-Rauner Political Ad Spoofs the Country Club Set]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:29:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
A new political ad targeting Bruce Rauner takes a big swipe at the country club set in a spoof worthy of Saturday Night Live.]]>
<![CDATA[Ditka Appears in New Rauner Ad]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 15:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/454593447.jpg
Da Coach has appeared in yet another commercial, but this time it’s political.

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<![CDATA[Quinn, Rauner Showcase "Everyday Lifestyles"]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:43:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+vw+van.jpg
The battle for governor in Illinois continued Friday as both Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner took on new challenges.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:59:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_emanuelrahmgi.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's political allies are applauding his pact with the Fraternal Order of Police union to reportedly get Chicago law enforcement officers an 11 percent raise as well as retroactive pay. Not among

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<![CDATA[Meet Chuck Todd of "Meet the Press"]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 08:22:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/090714_LSP_Chuck_Todd_1200x675_325741123764.jpg
David Gregory will leave NBC's "Meet the Press" in September and will be replaced by Chuck Todd, who is currently the NBC News political director and the host of "The Daily Rundown" on MSNBC.]]>
<![CDATA[This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Takes Turn for the Worse; Candidates Play Wealth Card ]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:50:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/oberweis+ahern.jpg
Now that Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, it's time for the real games to begin. The end of summer is when election season really starts to rev up, and with Nov. 4 just two months away, political...]]>
<![CDATA[Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:12:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Uber-Car-Rentals.jpg
Beside recruiting President Barack Obama's former adviser David Plouffe to lead its policy branch, Uber has brought on a small army of lobbyists to tackle political issues on the state level—and here...

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Quinn Needs More Than ‘Class Warfare’ Strategy to Win]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:47:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/tlmd_entrevista_pat_quinn.jpg
Quinn seems to be placing all of his bets on one central idea: Bruce Rauner is simply too rich to be governor.]]>
<![CDATA[Who Wins Twitter: Durbin vs. Oberweis]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:29:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/162211003.jpg
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has thousands more Twitter followers than Jim Oberweis, but the suburban Chicago ice cream magnate-slash-state senator is gaining momentum on the powerful Illinois

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<![CDATA[Rauner Pulls a Romney In Minimum Wage Confession]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:11:50 -0500
While Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn subsists on minimum wage in what some view as an election-cycle PR stunt, his Republican rival Bruce Rauner's past statements on the issue continue to haunt the Winnetka...]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: UNO Charter’s Troubles Just Don't Seem to Stop]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:17:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/classroom-generic-1200.jpg
It’s hard to make a case for UNO as something other than a failed business that just can’t seem to stop creating scandals, one after the other.

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<![CDATA[McDonnells Guilty on Most Charges]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:16:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mcdonnell-guilty-AP977255973421.jpg
The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has him trying to prove that his wife's infatuation with the former CEO of a dietary supplements company is proof that the married couple didn't try to...

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Repays City $14,623 for Taxpayer-Funded Trips]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:32:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-budget-102313-1.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel confirmed Wednesday that he repaid the city $14,623 in costs from taxpayer-funded business trips. "Over the last three years, we had a series of trips and we've done the things...]]>
<![CDATA[Jeb Bush to Stump for Bruce Rauner Amid 2016 Buzz ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:29:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP787051363500.jpg
Jeb Bush is hopping aboard the Bruce Rauner bandwagon. Weeks after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's pro-Rauner tour in Chicago, Bush—who governed Florida for an eight-year stretch ending in 2007—will travel here...

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<![CDATA[2016 Presidential Contenders Flock to NH]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:26:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rand-paul.jpg
A third American aid worker who has contracted Ebola has been identified as Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, of Boston, according to officials with the aid group SIM USA. The news was announced at an 11 a.m. news conference

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