<![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 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:43:57 -0600 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:43:57 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Emanuel Ahead of Garcia by 10.6 Percent Heading Into Runoff: Poll]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:19:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TLMD-Emanuel-Garcia.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ahead of Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia by 10.6 percent heading into their April runoff, according to a new poll.]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Officer Meets President Obama]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:39:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/Officer+Obama+Camden.jpg
Although cops are used to being called to important gatherings, a New Jersey officer was shocked to discover who she would be meeting at an upcoming event.
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<![CDATA[Jon Stewart Mocks Rep. Schock and His Instagram Account]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:13:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron+schock1.jpg
"The Daily Show" host featured a segment on Illinois Rep. Aaron Shock poking fun at the congressman's Instagram account and his role in the recent controversies surrounding his campaign expenses.
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<![CDATA[Wilson Says He's Being Courted by Emanuel, Garcia]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:19:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Willie+Wilson.jpg
Mayor and Cook County commissioner both paid visits to third-place finisher on Wednesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Best Political Mustaches]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:20:18 -0600 since he was age 14 and a sophomore at St. Rita High School.]]> since he was age 14 and a sophomore at St. Rita High School.]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/tlmd-jesus-chuy-garcia.jpg
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia isn't the only politician sporting the 'stache]]>
<![CDATA[CREW Files Complaint Over Schock's Travel Spending]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:08:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron-schock-gettyimages.jpg
A government watchdog group on Wednesday asked congressional investigators to examine whether Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock violated House ethics rules by using taxpayer and campaign funds for private air]]>
<![CDATA[Ramirez-Rosa Unseats Ald. Colon in 35th Ward Upset]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:02:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rey+colon+gallery.jpg
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, who aligned with mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, defeated incumbent Alderman Rey Colon by a landslide in Tuesday's election.]]>
<![CDATA[Runoff Heats Up: Emanuel, Garcia Return to Campaign Trail]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:38:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel-Garcia.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and rival Jesus "Chuy" Garcia kicked off part two of the campaign early Wednesday morning, heading out to greet voters just hours after election results sparked an unprecedented runoff.

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<![CDATA[Carol Marin on What Runoff Means for Chicago]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:30:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011206019_1200x675_404077635972.jpg
NBC Chicago Political Editor Carol Marin says the runoff will give Chicagoans another six weeks to dive into the issues.]]>
<![CDATA[How Emanuel Can Regain Momentum]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:03:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-emanuel-AP_546204958978.jpg
After running a disciplined, strategic and well-funded campaign, the nation’s most powerful mayor is heading into a surprise runoff election.

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<![CDATA[19 Chicago Aldermanic Races Go to Runoff]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:33:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council1.jpg
With most of the votes tallied, it appeared Wednesday morning that aldermanic campaigns in 19 of Chicago's 50 wards will continue into April.

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<![CDATA[Jesus "Chuy" Garcia: "We're Going to Build a New Chicago"]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:12:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011201119_1200x675_403943491693.jpg
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia said Tuesday that the "people have spoken" in forcing an April runoff election between him and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.]]>
<![CDATA[Wilson Campaign Says He Caused Runoff]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:54:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011201166_1200x675_403935811857.jpg
NBC Chicago’s Lauren Jiggetts reports from the campaign of Willie Wilson, the self-made businessman who spent $2 million of his own money trying to unseat Emanuel.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm: "We Have Come A Long Way"]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:38:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011200904_1200x675_403939907618.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks about being forced into a runoff.]]>
<![CDATA[Garcia on Runoff: "The People Have Spoken" ]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:43:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chuy+Garcia.png
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia said Tuesday that the "people have spoken" in forcing an April runoff election between him and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "So nobody thought we’d be here tonight," he said. "They wrote us off; they]]>
<![CDATA[Ald. Bob Fioretti Concedes: "We Did Do Change"]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:58:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000011200640_1200x675_403911747886.jpg
Alderman Bob Fioretti concedes in the 2015 mayoral election race.]]>
<![CDATA[Runoff for Rahm: Mayor Falls Short]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:22:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+and+chuy.jpg
Rahm Emanuel failed to clinch another term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday, as Associated Press projections showed him forced into an unprecedented runoff election against challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.]]>
<![CDATA[Judge May Have Told People How to Vote: Officials ]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:28:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chi-vote-022415-1-petty.jpg
A case of an election judge possibly seeking to sway voters at the polls was among the few problems reported in what could be a record-low turnout election Tuesday, Chicago officials said.

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<![CDATA[Did Rahm Run a Red Light on Election Day? ]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:01:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-voting-AP159463372804.jpg
With polls in the mayoral contest closing in a matter of hours, Mayor Rahm Emanuel showed no signs of slowing down Tuesday. And neither did his motorcade.

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<![CDATA[Voting Hours Extended in Four Precincts]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:58:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chi-vote-022415-1-petty.jpg
Voting hours at four precincts have been extended until 8 p.m., the election board said Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Elections Board Dismisses Voting "Irregularities" Claim]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:29:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Willie-Wilson+022415-1.jpg
The Chicago Board of Elections says it has has not found any merit in one candidate's claim of voting irregularities. “We received zero complaints at our election central about the calibration of the equipment.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Lays Out Promises For Second Term]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:57:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rahm-Emanuel-022415-1.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel used a late Tuesday morning visit to a South Side field office to call voters and remind them of two initiatives he aims to accomplish if he's granted a second term.]]>
<![CDATA[Mayor Emanuel Hopes to Avoid Runoff in Last Day Before Election]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:58:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-rahm-AP61130604511.jpg
The mayor is hoping to avoid a runoff as the latest poll numbers show him just below the majority and City Council members take him off campaign fliers for their own elections.

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<![CDATA[Garcia Banks on Latino Vote to Help Him Pull Ahead]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:59:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/garcia-022415-1-waldroup.jpg
"The Latino community has an opportunity to make itself felt and heard in Chicago, as well as nationally," Garcia told NBC Chicago early Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Fioretti: If Rahm Wins, Blame the Cold]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:23:05 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/fioretti-022415-1-petty.jpg
Ald. Bob Fioretti says the cold weather and February elections amount to "incumbent protection."

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<![CDATA[Runoff Appears Likely as Rahm Falls Short]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:53:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-voting-AP159463372804.jpg
Chicago voters headed to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots for mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and all 50 city aldermen.

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<![CDATA[Take Our Chicago Election Quiz]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:49:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/5-NEWS-QUIZ-2.png
How much do you know about Chicago's mayoral election? Test your knowledge.
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<![CDATA[Mayor Candidates Hit Trail on Final Day of Campaign]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:29:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WEB+2011+Voter+Registration.jpg
Chicago voters head to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots for mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and all 50 city aldermen.

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<![CDATA[Wilson Touts Support From Faith Community ]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:29:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Willie+Wilson.jpg
Mayoral hopeful Willie Wilson is touting support from the faith community in his final full day on the campaign trail. Wilson was scheduled to hold a 10 a.m. press conference with clergy from across the city at...]]>
<![CDATA[Garcia Barnstorms City in Final Day of Mayoral Campaign]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:30:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/tlmd-jesus-chuy-garcia.jpg
With one day left in his bid to force Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a runoff race, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia isn't slowing down. The Cook County commissioner has no fewer than 11 events on the public schedule for Monday...]]>
<![CDATA[3 Referenda Questions on Municipal Ballot]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:50:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ballot_questions_shutterstock_13034899.png
The questions are non-binding, meaning they won't create an official change, but are used to gauge the opinion of the electorate.

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<![CDATA[Fioretti Courts Commuters, Bulls Fans in Final Push]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:38:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/fioretti-022315-1.jpg
Mayoral hopeful Bob Fioretti is out courting Chicago commuters and Bulls fans during the final 24 hours before Election Day.
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<![CDATA[Rahm Emanuel Fuels Up With Coffee Stops]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:39:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/185720876.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is fueling up for the final day of his re-election campaign with several coffee stops across Chicago.

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<![CDATA[AMA About City Politics? Fioretti Hits Reddit ]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:39:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bob_Fioretti_4-14.jpg
As Chicago's rivals for mayor took to the streets Sunday to rev up voters in the final days of the campaign, one candidate hit the Web.
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<![CDATA[Final Poll Shows Mayor's Race Too Close to Call]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:32:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-voting-AP159463372804.jpg
A final poll out before Tuesday's municipal election shows again that Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't have enough backing to avoid a run-off.

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<![CDATA[Wisconsin's Walker Takes Selfie With Son in White House]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:04:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Scott-Walker-London.jpg
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attended the National Governors Association dinner at the White House Sunday and posted a selfie with his son in the venue to Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Days After Snub, Rauner Skips Governors' Dinner at White House ]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:46:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ILLINOIS_INAUGURATION_2_AP657471973521.jpg
Governors from across the country are heading to the White House on Sunday night to break bread with the Obamas. But Illinois' own Bruce Rauner won't be in attendance.

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<![CDATA[Mayoral Candidates Campaign Hard as Race Tightens]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:53:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+and+chuy.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs at least 50 percent of the vote plus one in Tuesday's election to avoid a runoff.

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<![CDATA[Early Voting Ballots Surpass 2011 Election Totals]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:49:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/vote+sign+generic.jpg
Chicagoans proved their interest in the outcome of Tuesday's election with a high number of early voting ballots that surpassed the totals for the 2011 election.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Mark Kirk Climbs Stairs to Prepare for Tough 2016 Election]]> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:21:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mark+Kirk1.jpg
Senator Mark Kirk is no stranger to tough elections, and he may be headed for another one in 2016 with four democrats already expressing interest in opposing him.]]>