<![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 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:45:35 -0500 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:45:35 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rahm, Chuy Cross Paths in Crucial Weekend for Early Voting]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:21:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+chuy+cand+forum.jpg
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus "Chuy" Garcia hit the streets for a big weekend of early voting and campaigning, their paths crossed in their final attempts to gain that key vote from the African-American...]]>
<![CDATA[California Mayor Bans City Travel to Indiana]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:03:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mayor+edwin+lee.jpg
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee has banned all publicly funded travel to Indiana after the state's governor, Mike Pence, signed a controversial religious objections bill.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back: Emanuel, Garcia Have Long Histories in Politics]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:53:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/237*120/Screen+Shot+2015-03-27+at+11.51.33+PM.png
Imagine Rahm Emanuel as a young political operative. Then picture Jesus Garcia as a novice candidate. If it is true that a picture tells a thousand words, then the video accompanying this story is a “must read”...]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Duckworth to Announce 2016 Senate Bid: Report]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:47:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tammy+Duckworth+ill+dept+of+veterans.jpg
Rep. Tammy Duckworth will reportedly announce a 2016 Senate bid next week.]]>
<![CDATA[Conservative Money in City Council Race Sparks Controversy]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:22:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/172*120/082008-DOLLARS-P2.jpg
41 ward council woman Mary O'Connor says that her runoff challenger Anthony Napolitano should give back campaign contributions made by conservative groups. Napolitano tells us why he won't.

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<![CDATA[Where Does Harry Reid's Departure Leave Sen. Durbin?]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:08:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP232834530121.jpg
Sen. Harry Reid's retirement announcement brings with it questions about whether Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is interested in the minority leader role.

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<![CDATA[Official: Ind. Boycott a "Tempest in a Teacup"]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:28:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Speros-Batistatos.jpg
Convention bureau chief says he doesn't expect Indiana's new "religious freedom" law to have a negative impact on tourism.

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<![CDATA[Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Speaks in NH]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:22:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cruz-AP938170470053.jpg
Just days after making his presidential candidacy official, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is in New Hampshire for a two-day swing. Cruz was the first major candidate to announce a run for president.

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<![CDATA[Blagojevich Brother: JJJr. Was Behind Senate Seat Scheme]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:16:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Robert-Blagojevich2.jpg
Because he had access to trial discovery in the case, Robert Blagojevich said he read the FBI's interview report of interviews with everyone, including Jesse Jackson Jr.]]>
<![CDATA[Has JJJr. Repaid His Debt to Society?]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:13:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flash+survey+new.jpg
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from an Alabama prison Thursday morning after serving more than a year for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds.]]>
<![CDATA[CA Attorney General Moves to End Anti-Gay Initiative]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:44:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/file-kamala-harris-ca-ag.jpg
California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court on Wednesday for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Backs Out of Forum, Then Changes Mind Again: Report]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:00:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-generic-464267918.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel apparently flip flopped on his attendance at Wednesday night's mayoral forum at Chicago State University, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

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<![CDATA[This Week in the Mayor's Race: Early Voting, Final Push]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:03:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd-Emanuel-Garcia-encuesta-tribune.jpg
As early voting kicks off, the mayor chases the undecided vote while Jesus "Chuy" Garcia travels the country for a little extra funding to help him along in the final stretch.]]>
<![CDATA[Flash Survey: OK For Garcia to Travel For Fundraisers?]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:17:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flash+survey+new.jpg
The Cook County Commissioner was in New York City on Monday and has at least two stops in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[New York Unions Hold Fundraiser to Benefit Garcia]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:35:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chuy-garcia-generic-AP565325422577.jpg
A Monday evening fundraiser in New York City will benefit Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in his fight against incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the upcoming runoff election.

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<![CDATA[First Day of Early Voting Brings in Record High Number of Voters]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 22:14:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB+Poling+Place+sign.jpg
The runoff election for mayor and 18 aldermen appears to be generating interest.]]>
<![CDATA[Madigan Holds Summit to Tackle Sex Assault on Campuses]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:16:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lisa-Madigan4.jpg
Speaking at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said victims of sexual violence often don't report what's happened to them because there is a belief they won't be taken...]]>
<![CDATA[Early Voting Available for Run Off Election]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:24:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/voting-dfw-generic-01.jpg
As in previous Early Voting periods, 51 locations will be available.

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<![CDATA[Rahm Widens Lead in Latest Poll]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:42:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+and+chuy.jpg
The latest poll by Ogden and Fry shows the mayor's lead over Garcia growing, although he has not reached the critical 50 percent.]]>
<![CDATA[Calif. Gov.: Cruz Unfit for WH]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:02:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/brown-cruz.jpg
Calfiornia Gov. Jerry Brown tore into climate change skeptics on Sunday, saying one major presidential hopeful's position on climate change should disqualify him from the highest office in the nation.

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<![CDATA[Streets and Sans Clean Overtime Days Before Runoff Election]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:22:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/178*120/street-sweeper-flips.JPG
City Hall sources tell NBC Chicago that dozens of workers were given overtime -- and paid time and a half -- to use shovels, rakes and brooms to clean city streets on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel, Garcia Campaign in Early Voting Dash]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:41:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+chuy+cand+forum.jpg
Chicago mayoral candidates Rahm Emanuel and Jesus "Chuy" Garcia spent the day Saturday criss-crossing the city with less than three weeks to go until the runoff.]]>
<![CDATA[Gov. Rauner Appoints Secretary of Education, Illinois Fire Marshal]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:15:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+rauner+getty+feb+2015.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner selected Beth Purvis as secretary of education and Matthew Perez as Illinois fire marshal during several appointments announced Friday.

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<![CDATA[University Poll Shows Rauner's Job Approval Rating Low]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:21:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gov-bruce-illinois-AP266390360618.jpg
A new poll conducted by the Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows Gov. Bruce Rauner with a low job approval rating of 36.5 percent in his first few months in office.

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<![CDATA[Garcia Continues to Court African-American Vote]]> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:59:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chuy-garcia-generic-464324236.jpg
Key African-American leaders in Chicago have already endorsed Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, but the mayoral candidate is not taking any chances when it comes to earning the African-American vote.

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<![CDATA[Garcia, Emanuel Announce Endorsements]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:35:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd-Emanuel-Garcia-encuesta-tribune.jpg
Both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia received endorsements Friday, two weeks ahead of the runoff election slated for April.]]>
<![CDATA[Lewinsky Talks Cyberbullying, Affair on TED Stage]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:39:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TED2015_031915_2DD7163.jpg
Monica Lewinsky spoke bluntly about cyberbullying and her own experience in the public spotlight Thursday, as the she took the stage for one of her most prominent appearances since her affair with President Bill...

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<![CDATA[Feds Investigate Aaron Schock]]> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:13:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP326057663792_RepSchock.jpg
The Congressman, already under fire for globe-trotting vacations, documented on Instagram and often billed at taxpayer or campaign expense, abruptly resigned on Tuesday. And today, federal subpoenas began going...

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<![CDATA[What Schock Can Do With $3.4M in Campaign Funds]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:06:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron-schock-138087010.jpg
When Rep. Aaron Schock leaves office at the end of the month, he'll have nearly $3.4 million to use for political activities or charity, but he can't keep it for himself.

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<![CDATA[Jon Stewart: Schock Will Be "Baddest Ass" in Prison]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:40:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/schockfail.jpg
For the second time in as many months, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart poked fun at Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock.

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<![CDATA[Would You Be in Favor of Mandatory Voting?]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:02:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flash+survey+new.jpg
From time to time, we ask your thoughts on a topic of the day.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Says Budget Fix Close]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:18:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/4559770821.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner is again saying he expects a deal to address Illinois' $1.6 billion budget deficit within days.]]>
<![CDATA[City Council OKs Obama Park Land Swap]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:00:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council1.jpg
Chicago aldermen on Wednesday approved an ordinance that would allow park land to be used for President Barack Obama's presidential library if the city wins the bid.]]>
<![CDATA[Schock Locks Down Instagram Account]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:03:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/schock-instagram-private-1.jpg
If you aren't among the little more than 18,000 people who follow Rep. Aaron Schock on Instagram, you'll now have to ask permission.]]>