<![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 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:04:53 -0500 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:04:53 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[CA Plastic Bag Ban Approved]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:23:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/Plastic+Bag+Ban+Store+Counter+copy.jpg
Police say they’ve accused a 17-year-old boy of climbing an under-construction residential tower that, upon completion, will be one of the city's tallest buildings so he could take

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Pols Need to Back Off Their Love For Uber]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:55:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Uber-Car-Rentals.jpg
It doesn’t really matter how a company makes its money for some Illinois politicians to come-a-running.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Lawmakers Proceed With Hearing on Quinn's Scandal-Drenched Anti-Violence Program]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:42:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_gov_pat_quinn.jpg
While he gains traction in the race to keep his job, Gov. Pat Quinn is not off the hook amid lingering questions about the troubled anti-violence program he launched four years ago.]]>
<![CDATA[President, First Lady and Hillary to Stump for Quinn]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:37:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP222398648587.jpg
Some big name Democrats will be in Chicago in the next couple of weeks to help support Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign.

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<![CDATA[Durbin, Oberweis Butt Heads on ISIS, IRS]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:58:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/durbin+oberweis.jpg
Illinois' Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, faced off against Republican rival Jim Oberweis in a frequently hostile "endorsement debate" before the Chicago Tribune editorial board on Monday.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinoisans on Forbes' List of Richest in U.S.]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:04:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/Money_generic.jpg
Forbes has released its annual ranking of the 400 richest people in America, and Chicago hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin—who's donated millions to Illinois' GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner—jumps ahead 14 spots...]]>
<![CDATA[Fitzgerald Floated for Top Attorney General Spot]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:56:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Patrick+Fitzgerald+3.jpg
Patrick Fitzgerald, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, is being touted by some a s a potential replacement for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

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<![CDATA[Clinton to Campaign for Quinn in Illinois: Report]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:56:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_hillaryclinton7.jpg
Hillary Clinton is heading home to her native Illinois to campaign for Gov. Pat Quinn, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Temporary Senator Roland Burris Looms Large in Corruption Trial for Chicago Man]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:20:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/052809-Burris-2.jpg
An Illinois Democrat appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to a U.S. Senate seat in 2008 has become an issue in the lead-up to a federal trial in Chicago, with defense attorneys claiming...

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<![CDATA[Diana Rauner Grants First Campaign Media Interview]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:12:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Diana_Rauner.jpg
Diana Rauner has appeared in campaign ads and news conferences to help support Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign for Illinois governor, but on Friday she gave her first one-on-one media interview to NBC 5. ]]>
<![CDATA[This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner Plays the Harold Washington Card; Rahm Slams Lewis' Pitch to Legalize Pot]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:19:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP962049827639.jpg
Still want to run for governor, Bruce? The successful private equity exec-turned-GOP political candidate is learning the hard way that the campaign trail can be unforgiving—especially for a

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Rauner Taps Horton in Campaign Strategy]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:50:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_marijuana.jpg
For a while, it looked like it was a new day in Illinois politics, at least from Bruce Rauner. Now, not so much.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Quinn vs. Rauner: Guess Who's Recruited Gloria Steinem?]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:08:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/184*120/51571208.jpg
When I heard that famed feminist Gloria Steinem is coming to town to campaign for Pat Quinn, my inner coffeeshop critic immediately wondered: What is she doing with him?

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<![CDATA[Second City Spoofs Quinn-Rauner Race With Rival Political Ads]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:15:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner_Quinn_9-19.jpg
Anyone who felt mildly annoyed at the "me time"-interrupting barrage of gloomy political attack ads that aired during Sunday's otherwise perfect installment of The Good Wife is going to appreciate these...]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor Emanuel Meets Archbishop-Designate Cupich]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:56:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Blase_Cupich_9-22.jpg
Incoming cardinal has not decided where he will live in the city.]]>
<![CDATA[Gov. Candidates Spar Over Nursing Home Case]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:32:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008942279_1200x675_332615235841.jpg
Candidates Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner sparred Tuesday over nursing homes once owned by a Rauner company and over whether it was Quinn's responsibility to keep an inmate in prison.]]>
<![CDATA[Nanci Koschman Appeals Court's Decision to Toss Lawsuit]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:43:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Koschman_7596502_722x406_2177124074.jpg
A federal judge on Thursday threw out a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Nanci Koschman, the mother of 21-year-old David Koschman, who died from a single punch thrown by former Mayor Richard]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner's Nursing Home Drama Escalates Amid Federal Trial ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:22:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn-rauner-p1.jpg
Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner is keeping his lips zipped as a federal trial involving his former private equity firm and allegations of nursing home neglect launches in Florida.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Hey, Pundits – Stop Predicting Chicago’s Mayoral Race]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:01:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_alcalde_rahm_emanuel1.JPG
More than five months out from Election Day, a number of political operatives and media types are already working to craft a narrative that doesn't square with some basic facts.

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<![CDATA[Bobby Rush: African-Americans Should Get '35 to 40 Percent' of CTA's 95th Street Construction Jobs]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:02:25 -0500 Bobby Rush
1st Congressional District
Bobby Rush
1st Congressional District

Illinois congressman Bobby Rush, a Democrat whose district encompasses a portion of Chicago's South Side, is giving the Chicago Transit Authority until Friday to make a decision on his request...

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Wants to Decriminalize Marijuana Statewide]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:20:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_rahm_emanuel_chapo_guzman_chicago.JPG
Chicago Police officers issued 11 pot tickets during the opening weekend of the city’s new marijuana ordinance. Under the new rule, police officers have the option to issue $250 to $500 tickets,...

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<![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
State Comptroller
Judy Baar Topinka
State Comptroller

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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