<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago Political News and Chicago Politics]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:07:57 -0500 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:07:57 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Emanuel Gets Heat at 1st Town Hall Budget Meeting]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:34:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel1.png
City Hall prepared for disruptions Monday night in Mayor Emanuel’s first of three town hall meetings to discuss the city’s budget, and that is exactly what they got.]]>
<![CDATA['Ready for Kanye' Fundraising Committee Formed]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:29:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/182*120/AP_39405329070.jpg
Kanye West officially has a fundraising committee behind his 2020 presidential run, which the Chicago rapper declared Sunday night during the MTV Video Music Awards.

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<![CDATA[Judge Orders Schock to Hand Over 3K Additional Documents]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:12:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron-schock-1380870101.jpg
A Federal Judge in Springfield has ordered former congressman Aaron Schock to deliver nearly 3,000 documents relating to an ongoing investigation of Schock’s campaign and congressional office spending.]]>
<![CDATA[Clinton Says Biden Has 'Very Difficult' Decision]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:16:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_697432409813.jpg
Hillary Clinton pledged to run her campaign as usual, in spite of speculation about Vice President Joe Biden joining the race. Clinton said Biden has a "very difficult decision" to make about the 2016...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Board of Ed Approves New Budget Amid Protests]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/save+dyett+sign.jpg
Members of the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass the budget for Fiscal Year 2016 as three different protests took place across the city in opposition to some of the proposed cuts.]]>
<![CDATA['I'm Not a Bully': Trump Defends Ejecting Anchor]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:57:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_865379311727-ramos-trump-iowa.jpg
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wrangled with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over his immigration policies in an extended — and occasionally personal — exchange, leading to the journalist's...

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<![CDATA[Fox Chief Defends Kelly, Says Trump Should Apologize]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:49:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-kelly-AP_511867665203.jpg
Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network's Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that "is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," but Trump isn't backing

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<![CDATA[Mayor to Host 3 Town Hall Meetings to Discuss City Budget]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:33:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-generic-464267918.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Chicago residents' opinions on how to solve the city's financial crisis as his team works to put together a budget.

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<![CDATA[Trump Doubles Down on Building Border Wall at Ala. Rally]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:01:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484797712-Trump-Alabama-Rally.jpg
Thousands of people showed up to hear Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speak at an Alabama rally Friday, in which the business tycoon vowed, "we're going to make America better than it's...

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<![CDATA[Blagojevich Attorneys Ask Appeals Court to Hold Decision]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:52:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blago-sentenced.jpg
Attorneys for imprisoned former governor Rod Blagojevich have asked the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to place on hold the court’s own decision, rejecting the majority of Blagojevich’s appeal and sending the...

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<![CDATA[Trump Says 'A Lot' of Chicago Gang Members are Illegal Immigrants]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:50:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_464150734673.jpg
Donald Trump said he thinks a lot of “gang members” in America, particularly in Chicago, Baltimore and Ferguson, are illegal immigrants and, if he becomes president “they’re going to be gone.”

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<![CDATA[Prosecutors: Schock Not ‘Immune From Criminal Responsibility’]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:19:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/150317-aaron_schock_resign_-1415_5f46d51318d3ce21bfc65de2f5df39a9.jpg
Federal prosecutors fired back at former congressman Aaron Schock Thursday, declaring that Members of Congress are not “super citizens, immune from criminal responsibility.”]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Poses With Bald Eagle for Time Magazine]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:20:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/Trump-Time-Cover.jpg
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump posed with a bald eagle at his New York City office for a spread in this week’s issue of Time magazine. The 27-year-old eagle, named uncle Sam, was flown in from Texas and...
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<![CDATA[Protesters Rally at State Fair on Rauner's First 'Governor's Day']]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:36:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+protest+state+fair.jpg
Opponents of Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed state budget cuts rallied outside of the Illinois State Fair Wednesday during the fair's annual "Governor's Day."]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Mark Kirk a No-Show at State Fair 'Governor's Day']]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:32:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP152309323941.jpg
Wednesday was a big day for the GOP at the Illinois State Fair as it marked the first "Governor's Day" with a Republican governor in 12 years, but one notable member of the party was missing during the...]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Foster Offers Lottery for Tickets to See Pope Francis]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:56:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pope+francis+happy.jpg
Rep. Bill Foster announced Wednesday that he will hold a lottery for a limited number of tickets to see Pope Francis address Congress in September.

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<![CDATA[Patti Blagojevich, Lawyer to Appeal to Supreme Court ]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:44:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/patti+blagojevich+and+daughter.jpg
The wife of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his lawyer said Wednesday they would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after a full appellate court announced it would not rehear the appeal of the former...]]>
<![CDATA[Cook County Democratic Party Passes on Duckworth Endorsement]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:39:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/zopp+and+duckworth.jpg
Senate candidate Andrea Zopp gained a victory Wednesday when the Cook County Democratic Party announced it was not endorsing Rep. Tammy Duckworth and instead leaving the primary open between the two candidates.]]>
<![CDATA[New Poll Shows Trump Leads GOP Race in Illinois]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:36:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481233084TheDonald72115.jpg
New poll results show that businessman Donald Trump has widened his lead over the other GOP presidential contenders in Illinois.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Pushes Agenda at Illinois State Fair]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:48:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+state+fair.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner mingled with Illinois residents and pushed his agenda at the state fair in Springfield Tuesday on the eve of an important vote in the Senate.]]>
<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders Draws Big Crowd at Chicago Fundraiser]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 07:14:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/221*120/bernie+sanders1.jpg
Sen. Bernie Sanders continued his push for the Democratic presidential nomination Monday, addressing a packed room of supporters during a stop in Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Government: Schock Docs Were Released by Judge, Not Leaked]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 19:41:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/schock-lead-102935952.jpg
Suspicious that the other side was leaking sealed information, federal prosecutors in Springfield demanded a hearing this week before the judge overseeing a grand jury investigation of former congressman...

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<![CDATA[Walker Agrees with Trump on Ending Birthright Immigration]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:17:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/scott+walker+new.jpg
Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin and GOP presidential candidate, said Monday that he agrees with Donald Trump's position that the United States should end the practice of allowing children...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Offers CPS $200 Million for Pension Costs]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:34:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000013798626_1200x675_507036739612.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner offered a compromise to Chicago Public Schools Monday when he proposed a two-year property tax freeze along with $200 million in pension and health care costs for the district.]]>