<![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, 25 Nov 2014 22:38:24 -0600 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:38:24 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Obama Addresses Violence in Ferguson During Chicago Speech]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:16:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB_Obama_Ferguson_16414228_1200x675_363698243631.jpg
President Barack Obama once again addressed a grand jury’s decision to not indict the Ferguson police officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, saying he has “no sympathy” for those who erupted in violence...]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Addresses Hecklers During Chicago Speech]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:32:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/heckler+obama+chi+speech.jpg
President Barack Obama took on a group of hecklers during his speech on immigration in Chicago Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Has "No Sympathy" for Violent Ferguson Protesters]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:56:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+copernicus.jpg
President Barack Obama once again addressed a grand jury’s decision to not indict the Ferguson police officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, saying he has “no sympathy” for those who erupted in violence...]]>
<![CDATA[Powerful Aldermen to Run Unopposed in 2015 Elections]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:42:33 -0600 Edward M. Burke | 14th Ward
A Chicago political legend, Burke has held political office since 1969. He is chairman of the ever-powerful Finance Committee and opposed Mayor Harold Washington during the Council Wars of the 1980s. | Read Full Bio ]]>
Edward M. Burke | 14th Ward
A Chicago political legend, Burke has held political office since 1969. He is chairman of the ever-powerful Finance Committee and opposed Mayor Harold Washington during the Council Wars of the 1980s. | Read Full Bio ]]>

A small but powerful group of aldermen will run unopposed in February's municipal election, and their names should come as no surprise to anybody who's ever raised an eyebrow to say: Only in Chicago.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner on Illinois Pensions: 'Don't Change History']]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:04:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_gobernador_illinois.jpg
Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner changed his tune to defend retired state employee's pensions on Monday, remarking that it's most important to "protect what is done—don't change history.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Mayor Race: 10 File Petitions]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:36:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bob_Fioretti_4-14.jpg
Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti collected enough signatures to submit nominating petitions on Monday—and officially enter the race to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel...]]>
<![CDATA[AG Adds ID Theft Prevention Tips to Shopping Guide]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:25:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dangerous-toaster.jpg
Annual guide historically has focused on the dangerous toys and household items that have been recalled in the past year.
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<![CDATA[Will Quinn Accept His $136,000 Pension?]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:07:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn+concedes+p1.jpg
When Gov. Pat Quinn leaves office in January, he's eligible to receive a comfortable yearly pension of $136,000. The question is: Will he accept it?]]>
<![CDATA[Madigan Wrangled Support for Rahm's Re-Election: Report]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:30:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/michael+madigan3.jpg
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Democratic Party's powerful and prickly gatekeeper, tends to keep endorsements for Chicago mayor close to the vest—at least in recent years.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama to Trumpet Executive Order in Chicago]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:16:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlmd_obama_accion_ejecutiva_nina_destacados.jpg
President Obama will visit Chicago on Tuesday to rally goodwill for his executive order on immigration.

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<![CDATA[Politicians React to President Obama's Immigration Plan]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:33:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/459316502.jpg
President Barack Obama on Thursday announced executive action on immigration policy, offering temporary relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrants.

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<![CDATA[City Council Race Ends in Tie]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:25:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Padilla-McCann-Chula-Vista2.jpg
The razor-thin race for a Chula Vista City Council seat has ended in a tie, two weeks after Election Day, San Diego County officials say. John McCann and Steve Padilla each won 18,450 votes for the District...]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Lawmakers Want to Raise the Minimum Wage to $11 Per Hour]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:02:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_money_dinero_shutterstock_202243297.jpg
Widespread support for raising the minimum wage in Illinois has led state Democrats to propose an increase of $11 per hour that would be rolled out over two years.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Duckworth Announces Birth of Baby Girl]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:54:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tammy-duckworth_5-15.jpg
U.S. Representative and husband Bryan Bowlsbey named the girl Abigail O'kalani Bowlsbey.]]>
<![CDATA[Tom Cross Concedes Defeat in Illinois Treasurer Race]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:21:47 -0600 Mike Frerichs
Mike Frerichs

Ending a bitter post-election stand-off, Republican Tom Cross has accepted defeat to Democrat Mike Frerichs in the hotly contested battle to be Illinois treasurer.

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<![CDATA[City Council Approves 2015 Chicago Budget]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:07:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council.jpg
Chicago's City Council on Wednesday voted 46-4 to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2015 Chicago budget that includes a tax hike on parking in city garages.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Drops First TV Spot of Re-Election Campaign]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:05:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/221*120/Rahm+Ad+p1.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dropped the first TV ad of his 2015 re-election campaign, along with a new slogan: "Chicago Together."
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<![CDATA[DePaul Arena Budget Balloons to $250 Million: Report]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:20:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/278*120/depaul+arena+2.jpeg
The budget to build a DePaul University basketball stadium in the South Loop has reportedly grown to $250 million, a figure that stretches well past early cost projections for the site.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner's Chicago Judge Votes Criticized by Gay and Lesbian Bar Association]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:17:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner-vote-1.jpg
The president of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Bar Association scolded Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner for his decision to vote "no" to retaining all Cook County judges.]]>
<![CDATA[Advocates Balk at Springfield Plan to Set City Minimum Wage ]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:43:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/illinois+state+capitol.JPG
If some lawmakers in Springfield have their way, Chicago won’t have the opportunity to decide for itself where to set a city-wide minimum wage.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Solicits Job Applications on New Website]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:30:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/218*120/Rauner+Web+Site+p1.jpg
Illinois Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner has set up a website to collect resumes from applicants interested in joining his administration.]]>
<![CDATA[CTU Poll Shows Rahm Could Be Headed for Runoff Election]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:41:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/tlmd_comisionado_chuy_garcia_alcaldia_chicago_rahm_emanuel.jpg
A new survey commissioned by the Chicago Teachers Union shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel could be forced into a runoff election folllowing the February primary.]]>
<![CDATA[Memorable Tributes from Jane Byrne's Funeral]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:31:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jane+byrne+2.jpg
Chicago's political set congregated at St. Vincent de Paul Parish on Monday for the funeral of former Mayor Jane Byrne, the only woman to ever hold that office.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner to Crash Illinois Lawmaker Session This Week]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:35:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_gobernador_illinois.jpg
When lawmakers re-convene for a lame duck meeting in Springfield on Thursday, Rauner will make sure to be there and make his presence known.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Election Candidates File Petitions to Get on the Ballot]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:41:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/210*120/Candidates+File+Petitions+p1.jpg
Today the short window begins to file nominating petitions to enter the municipal election on Feb. 24.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Took Campaign Cash From Companies Doing Business With Chicago: Report]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:52:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-emanuel-juvenile.jpg
David Sirota of the International Business Times reports that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took in possibly illegal campaign donations from companies that manage city pensions.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Politicians Remember Former Mayor Jane Byrne]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:58:39 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jane+Byrne+new.jpg
Jane Byrne, Chicago’s first and only female elected mayor, died Friday at the age of 81.]]>
<![CDATA[Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne Dies at 81]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:39:29 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jane+Byrne+new.jpg
Jane Byrne, who shocked the Chicago political establishment when she was elected Mayor in 1979, died today. She was 81.
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<![CDATA[Rauner Meets With Madigan, Cullerton For First Time]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:41:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/195*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_noche_elecciones.jpg
Governor-elect Bruce Rauner met with House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton for the first time Thursday morning at the Chicago Club.

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<![CDATA[Is Luis Gutierrez Running for President?]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:14:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_luis_gutierrez_722.jpg
Add Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez to the ever-growing list of People Who May Run for President in 2016 ... or Someday.

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<![CDATA[Fioretti, Progressive Caucus Call for Council Hearings on CPS Swap Deals]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:22:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council1.jpg
Mayoral candidate and aldermen are calling for hearings on CPS borrowing practices, specifically the deals from 2003 to 2007 that ended up costing taxpayers as much $100 million.]]>
<![CDATA[Fioretti Campaign Dismisses Reports That Liberal Mayor Candidate Once Donated to Bob Dole]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:32:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ald.-Bob-Fioretti.jpg
A spokesman for proudly liberal Chicago mayoral contender Bob Fioretti is slamming a Sun-Times report about Fioretti's past donations to Republican political candidates including Bob Dole as an unnecessary...]]>
<![CDATA[Speculation Grows Over Mark Kirk’s Political Future]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:58:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mark+Kirk1.jpg
Few political clichés are as true as the one that says the time to start looking at the next election campaign is the day after the last one ended.]]>
<![CDATA[Lame Duck Session Not Without Challenges for Rauner]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:02:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000009545250_1200x675_352848963828.jpg
For Republican Bruce Rauner, the legislative session slated to begin November 19 in Springfield could prove to be trickier than he might like.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner, Kirk Team Up for Pre-Veterans Day Event]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:22:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/rauner+at+union+league.jpg
Bruce Rauner made a public appearance Monday, nearly a week after beating Pat Quinn to become Illinois’ next governor.]]>
<![CDATA[Ethics Committee Releases Documents in Rush Investigation]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:28:05 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobby+rush+2014.jpg
The House Ethics Committee released previously-confidential documents today in its ongoing investigation of Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush and allegations that he accepted improper and illegal contributions...

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<![CDATA[Rahm Progress Report: How's He Doing as Chicago Mayor?]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:34:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_alcalde_rahm_emanuel1.JPG
Rahm Emanuel will be up for referendum in February when Chicagoans get the chance to hand the mayor a second term—or kick him to the curb.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: CPS Priorities – Millions for Wall Street, Nothing for Students]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:02:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Wall-Street-bull.jpg
The story of CPS' bad bets on interest rate swaps is a long, complex and downright scandalous story that comes at the expense of the very students whose future CPS is supposed to protect.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Treasurer Standoff: Frerichs Closes In On Cross Lead]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:25:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP13022814167.jpg
Nearly a week has passed since Election Day, but the outcome of the nasty, neck-and-neck Illinois treasurer race remains up in the air until every single vote is counted. As of Monday, Republican Tom Cross...

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<![CDATA[What Rahm Can Learn From Rauner's Chicago Numbers]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:23:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/236*120/tlmd_rahm_emanuel_becas_cps_colegios.jpg
The fact that Bruce Rauner bested Pat Quinn to take an affluent downtown Chicago ward on Election Night could have ramifications for Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he launches a re-election campaign that will require...]]>
<![CDATA[Madigan Rep: We Discovered Rauner's Voicemail]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:51:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/516604997.jpg
After some confusion, Michael Madigan's spokesman says he finally found the voicemail that Republican Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner alleged to have left for the Democratic House Speaker on Election Night. A search

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