<![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, 23 Jul 2014 23:47:59 -0500 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:47:59 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Opinion: What Bruce Rauner's Uber Love Means For Illinois]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
When Bruce Rauner professed his love for Uber on Tuesday, calling for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a bill that would impose heavy regulations upon the rapidly growing ride-share start-up, his gushing message...]]>
<![CDATA[Daley's Medical Records to Stay Private in Park Grill Case]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:49:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/daley+first.jpg
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's medical records will remain private in Chicago's lawsuit against the Park Grill owners.

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<![CDATA[Durbin to Putin: Take Responsibility for MH17 Crash]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:10:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/452372430.jpg
Illinois Democrat called separatists "thugs," and said they've been "armed, financed and inspired by Vladimir Putin and the Russians."

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<![CDATA[Have Rahm's Tough Choices Failed?]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:38:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+meeting+0721.jpg
Conventional wisdom says Rahm Emanuel won the 2011 Chicago mayoral election on a promise to fix the city’s chronic budget problems.]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Signs $1 Billion Road Project Plan]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:56:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/illinois-tollway-generic.jpg
The Chicago Democrat approved the bipartisan legislation that also will provide lawmakers with opportunities to attend popular ribbon-cutting ceremonies in an election year. The plan got overwhelming support in...

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Suddenly, Rahm’s Millions May Not Be Enough]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:36:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm_clinton.jpg
A number of key similarities exist between the 2014 Newark mayoral race and the upcoming Chicago election.

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<![CDATA[Are the Obamas Moving to California?]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:33:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/JASON_WU1.jpg
President Obama and First Lady Michelle are the buyers of a $4.25 million home in California's Rancho Mirage, according to reports.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Gets Labor Union Love]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:40:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Taste+of+Chicago+Rahm+7-9-2014.jpg
Not every Chicago labor union is coalescing behind prospective mayoral candidate Karen Lewis. When Rahm Emanuel held a press conference to herald the ground-breaking of Wolf Point West Tower -- a 48-story, $160...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Summit Addresses Gang Violence]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:30:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+meeting+0721.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Chicago's police superintendent and community leaders Monday for a closed-door meeting to solve the city's crime epidemic.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Rauner’s Irresponsible Tax Plan Polls Well Among Voters]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:56:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce-rauner-campaign.jpg
If there’s one trick Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner knows well, it’s telling people what they want to hear.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax "Trailer Parks" If Elected Governor]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:44:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bruce_Rauner_budget.jpg
Bruce Rauner handed Pat Quinn yet another opening to attack his one-percenter lifestyle when the Republican gubernatorial candidate mistakenly pitched a plan to tax trailer parks.]]>
<![CDATA[Kirk Calls For Stronger Sanctions Against Russia]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:45:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mark+kirk+malaysia.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk said he felt "horror" when he heard about the "totally unnecessary shoot-down" of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Wants Place in Palm Springs: Report]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:10:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/michelle+obama9.jpg
Forget the breathless speculation over which city will host Barack Obama's much-coveted presidential library and museum. We all know Chicago's the frontrunner. The bigger mystery: Will the president and...

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Spends $10K on Cheesecake Deliveries]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:19:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rahm+Emanuel+DNC+Speech.jpg
If you donate cash to Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign, expect to find a gift-wrapped cheesecake on your doorstep. The Chicago mayor doled out really big money -- about $10,000 in total -- on...

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<![CDATA[Prosecutors Fire Back at Blago Appeals Court Letter]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:14:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/206*120/jjjpolitics005.jpg
Federal prosecutors fired back at Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys Friday, saying a recent court decision on campaign finance does not mean they have to prove that Blagojevich explicitly asked for something in return...

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<![CDATA[Timothy Cullerton Retirement Ends Family's 38th Ward Dominance]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:12:33 -0500 Timothy Cullerton | 38th Ward
After retiring from the city for nine years, Cullerton never expected to be working for Chicago again, but he's certainly happy he decided to. It's in his blood, after all. For 107 of the past 139 years, a Cullerton family member has held this seat. Read Full Profile. ]]>
Timothy Cullerton | 38th Ward
After retiring from the city for nine years, Cullerton never expected to be working for Chicago again, but he's certainly happy he decided to. It's in his blood, after all. For 107 of the past 139 years, a Cullerton family member has held this seat. Read Full Profile. ]]>

It's the end of an era. After a reign stretching back decades, the Cullerton clan -- one of Chicago's oldest and most powerful political families -- has loosened its grip on the 38th]]>
<![CDATA[Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:14:09 -0500 Bobby Rush
1st Congressional District
Bobby Rush
1st Congressional District

Stopping short of an official endorsement, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush says encourages Karen Lewis to challenge Rahm Emanuel in Chicago's upcoming mayoral election.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Watch Out, Karen. The Knives Will be Long and Sharp.]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:35:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/karen+lewis+0619.jpg
A Lewis campaign would be at the center of a number of political issues and dynamics currently running loose in this country.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Library Foundation Unmasks Identities of Deep-Pocketed Donors]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:14:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP116168739397.jpg
Since launching earlier this year, the Barack Obama Foundation has raised as much as $1.75 million from deep-pocketed donors like Chicago investor Michael Sacks for the construction of a presidential library and...

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<![CDATA[Blago Lawyers File Letter with Appeals Court]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:03:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/206*120/jjjpolitics005.jpg
They argue, the Blagojevich jury was told to convict on a lower standard that he attempted to obtain a campaign contribution, only “knowing or believing that it would be given to him in return for taking...

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<![CDATA[Cardinal George Hopes to Help Border Children]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:11:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Cardinal_George_4-8.jpg
Cardinal Francis George is reportedly taking a stance on the immigration crisis facing the nation.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:01:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner_5_19.jpg
Once a venture capitalist, always a venture capitalist. Bruce Rauner, Illinois' Republican candidate for governor, received $853,450 in campaign donations from July 3-9 and invested another $750,000 into...]]>
<![CDATA[Political Attack Ads Target 'Drama'-Craving Crime Show Viewers ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:48:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Law_And_Order_SVU_cast_722x406_1909547587.jpg
There's a reason why your primetime "Law & Order: SVU" binges are being interrupted with an increasing number of negative political commercials. As it happens, politicians' campaigns and the special...]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:58:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/205*120/Mark+Kirk+Near+Death+p1.jpg
Apparently, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has never heard the phrase “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”]]>
<![CDATA[Toni Preckwinkle Rules Out Run for Chicago Mayor]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:32:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Toni+Preckwinkle1.jpg
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has decided not to run against Rahm Emanuel for Chicago mayor.]]>
<![CDATA[Daley Wants Health Records Private in Park Grill Suit]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:03:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/daley+first.jpg
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley wants only the judge in the Park Grill lawsuit to see his medical records.

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<![CDATA[Study Determines Cost of Corruption in Illinois]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:24:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/Money_generic.jpg
How much does corruption in Illinois cost taxpayers? According to a new study, more than $1,300 per person.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Beating Rahm Will Take More Than Good Poll Numbers]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:00:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rahm+Emanuel+DNC+Speech.jpg
There’s no doubt Mr. Emanuel needs to find some kind of silver lining concerning his re-election chances today.

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<![CDATA[George W. Bush Undergoes Second Knee Surgery in Chicago]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:56:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP13042414604.jpg
For the second time in as many months, President George W. Bush traveled to Chicago for knee surgery.

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<![CDATA[Poll Says Karen Lewis Could Be Strong Mayoral Contender]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:36:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_lewis_10-11.jpg
Looks like Mayor Rahm Emanuel may want to take Karen Lewis seriously.]]>
<![CDATA[Ted Nugent Taunts Rahm Emanuel in Unhinged Twitter Rant]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:24:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ted+nugent.jpg
Days after a brutally violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, Ted Nugent -- 'Murica-loving musician, gun rights activist and recurring "Simpsons" character -- delivered an especially batty Twitter...

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<![CDATA[Kirk Demands Background Checks on Immigrant Children]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:28:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/101210Election06.jpg
Kirk says he has sent letters to the U.S. ambassadors in to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador asking whether their embassies have performed criminal background checks. He says the federal government...

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<![CDATA[What Pat Quinn Has to Do With Uber Expansion]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:45:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/UberPhone.jpg
Uber's goal to explain its Midwest branch by 500 employees within the next two years depends upon the approval of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Rauner’s Latest Memory Loss Par for the Course]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:48:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner_chickens.jpg
If Rauner can't remember or doesn't know how lucrative business deals with influential politicians are done in his name, how can voters trust him once he gets the keys to the state treasury as governor? ]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Touts Illinois Tourism Growth]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:07:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP158506660731+copy.jpg
Gov. Pat Quinn announced the increase Thursday while visiting 12-year-old Chloe Stirling at the Kendall College Culinary Camp in Chicago. The 12-year-old's cupcake business in Madison County was shut...

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<![CDATA[CTU Boss Endorses The Hulk Over Superman]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:33:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/Hulk+and+Superman3.jpg
Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis might be cagey about plans to run for mayor, but she has a lot to say on a debate that divides many a comic book geek.

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<![CDATA[Farnham May Get Plea Deal ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:11:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Keith_farnham_court.jpg
Attorney Terry Ekl told reporters later that he'll know more by the next status hearing on Sept. 2. He says he'll either announce a deal's done or ask for a trial date.]]>
<![CDATA[Cubs Win Approval for 7 Wrigley Field Signs]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:56:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/wrigley-renovation-model-1.jpg
The city's Commission on Landmarks voted in favor of the team's plan after a 3-hour meeting Thursday in which the team presented its expanded blueprint to renovate the baseball stadium.

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