<![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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:21:45 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:21:45 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:40:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP364891250690.jpg
The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Chicago Looks Ready For Its ‘Progressive Moment’]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:33:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/chicago+city+hall.jpg
What’s clear is that as far as progressives go in Chicago, the opportunity for a historic moment is upon them.]]>
<![CDATA[Appeals Court Rules Against Term Limits on the Ballot]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:47:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+and+diana+rauner.jpg
Rauner's group insists the measure would be overwhelmingly approved by voters. It would limit legislators to eight years in office, increase the size of the Illinois House, reduce the size of the Senate and make...

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<![CDATA[Rahm to Ed Kelly: Don't Feel Sorry for Me]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:23:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm-emanuel-juvenile.jpg
Memo to Ed Kelly: Rahm Emanuel doesn't want your pity.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Agrees to Only 3 Debates]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:13:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Rauner_4_11.jpg
Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign released a list Wednesday of eight debates and forums ahead of Nov. 4. That list includes a joint live-streamed Sept. 9 Chicago Tribune endorsement session and an]]>
<![CDATA[Karen Lewis' Mayoral Committee Files With Board of Elections]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:46:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_8-13.jpg
Karen Lewis is one step closer to entering the race for Chicago mayor.]]>
<![CDATA[The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:21:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Uber-Car-Rentals.jpg
As Uber plows into the taxi industry in Illinois, its eye on dominating Chicago, the fast-growing ride-share start-up has recruited David Plouffe to handle the messy political side of

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<![CDATA[Who Wins Twitter: Quinn vs. Rauner]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:44:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/162211003.jpg
Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner are each using Twitter to get out the vote. Curious about their followers' demographics, Ward Room asked StatSocial -- a company...

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<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Slams Rahm's 'Meaningless' Firefighter Jobs Plan in Sun-Times Op-Ed]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:55:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_8-13.jpg
Chicago Teachers Union boss and human megaphone Karen Lewis is attacking Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the pages of the Sun-Times, dismissing his new initiative to give CPS grads a leg up in city firefighter jobs as an...]]>
<![CDATA[GOP Staffer in Chicken Suit Faces Charges After Clucking at NH Governor, Senator]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:25:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/zona+chicken+suit.jpg
A GOP state committee staff member has been charged with disorderly conduct after heckling New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Governor Maggie Hassan at this past Saturday's Old Home Day

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<![CDATA[A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:56:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_cps1.jpg
Now that CPS closed all those schools, what's the district going to do with the extra space?]]>
<![CDATA[Appeals Court Reinstates Casino Lawsuit Tied to Blagojevich ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:01:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blago-crowd-P1.jpg
Judges at the Court of Appeals say there is adequate evidence to support an allegation that in 2008, Rod Blagojevich agreed to sign a bill benefiting the Illinois racing industry in exchange for a bribe.

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<![CDATA[Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel "Less Safe": Poll]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:11:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/illinois+concealed+carry+permit.jpg
A Chicago Tribune poll reveals that Illinois' new concealed carry law, introduced in January, makes a majority of Chicagoans feel unsafe.]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Council Speaker Tweets About HPV Diagnosis, Urges Annual Check-Ups]]> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:40:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MarkViverito.jpg
In an interview published in the Guardian newspaper, Douglas appeared to blame his own battle with throat cancer on oral sex — although that interpretation was later disputed by one of his representatives.

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<![CDATA[Former Vt. U.S. Sen. Jeffords Dead at 80]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:57:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/James+Jeffords.jpg
The former U.S. senator from Vermont who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent has died. James Jeffords was 80. Diane Derby, a former aide,...

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<![CDATA[Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:08:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_emanuelrahmgi.jpg
When your approval rating starts off a campaign at 35 percent or lower, you have to be seen by at least some voters and political observers as the underdog.

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<![CDATA[Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:34:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pat+quinn+QA.jpg
He addressed reporters Thursday at a Chicago pipe and conduit manufacturer calling it a "momentous" day. Officials say unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. That's a drop from 9.2 percent one year ago...]]>
<![CDATA[Yelp Opens Office in Merchandise Mart ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:29:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Yelp+Generic+Screengrab.jpg
Yelp, the business review website, is opening an new office in Chicago and is expected to hire 300 employees.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel's Approval Ratings Sink to New Low in Tribune Poll]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:06:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lewis_rahm.jpg
The Chicago Tribune took another big swipe at Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, publishing the dismal results of a job performance poll that shows Emanuel's approval numbers in the tank.]]>
<![CDATA[Republicans Rally at State Fair Breakfast]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:48:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008402555_1200x675_318131267559.jpg
8/14/14: Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner asks for voters' help in sweeping Gov. Pat Quinn into "the dust pan of history" as Republicans gather at the Illinois State Fair ahead of an afternoon]]>
<![CDATA[8 Months Later, Still No Word on Blagojevich Appeal]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:29:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/206*120/jjjpolitics005.jpg
Save for some back and forth regarding filings, all that is known is that the three judges have taken the case under advisement. The only clues about what they may be thinking, came from the very...

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<![CDATA[Opinion: It's Time for Rauner to Own Up to GTCR Management Flubs]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:32:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner-Running-for-Governor_1200x675_168290883641.jpg
Bruce Rauner needs to take some responsibility for the ConvergEx debacle and other failures of corporate management, says Crain's Chicago Business' Greg Hinz in one of his best -- and most eviscerating...]]>
<![CDATA[Democrats Gather For Breakfast at State Fair]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:52:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000008385989_1200x675_317805123744.jpg
08/13/14: Wednesday is Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair. NBC Chicago's Carol Marin reports on the morning breakfast ahead of an afternoon rally of Democrats.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: The False Equivalency of Karen, Bob and Rahm]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:01:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lewis_rahm.jpg
On the political beat, there are few stories easier to write than one that says Candidate X is just like Candidate Y.]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Ad Tries to Connect Pot With Date Rape]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:30:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/potdaterapead.jpg
Robin Williams stood in the eye of his own humor hurricane, a human perpetual motion machine of comedy who unleashed manic streams of pop-cultural consciousness with the improv intensity of a be-bop great...

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<![CDATA[Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:03:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/%5BNECN%5DPaul_Ryan_intv_for_the_webH264_NECN1500kMP4_640x360_2281209817.jpg
A trio of Wisconsin politicians -- Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus -- came down to Illinois with claws out, deploying insults about...]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Buying His Way Into Hearts of Local Pols]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:57:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/bruce+rauner+getty.jpg
First-time candidate is spreading his own brand of political love across the state among local Republican political organizations.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Flies to New York for Summit on Income Inequality]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:06:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel-boston.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in New York City on Monday to attend a summit of American mayors, led by Michael Bloomberg's new-ish successor Bill De Blasio. The event marked the first gathering of the...]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Study Shows City Needs More Equitable Housing Plan]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:04:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/englewood+shooting+new2.jpg
Despite spending millions, the city's community redevelopment efforts efforts are not seeing the kind of results needed to address housing inequalities.]]>
<![CDATA[What's Behind that Cayman Island Talk]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:31:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn_Rauner_4_11.jpg
The fallout has included accusations that candidates are unpatriotic and waging a "war on teachers," recruiting an economist to discuss the ills of offshore accounts and a news conference on a sweltering Chicago...]]>
<![CDATA[Lt. Gov.: Gun Culture in America Must Change]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:42:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sheila+Simon+getty+2.jpg
Comptroller nominee was among thousands at Saturday's Bud Billiken parade when gunfire erupted.]]>
<![CDATA[Nixon's Secretary Didn't Erase Watergate Tapes, John Dean Says]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:42:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Nixon-on-JFK.jpg
John Dean, who was Richard Nixon's White House counsel during Watergate, has cleared the name of the former president's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, as a possible culprit in the erasure of 18 1/2 minutes of...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Joins Disgraced Gen. McChrystal for Navy Seal Fundraiser in Chicago]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:18:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/stanleymcchrystal.JPG
Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will appear alongside former U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal at the Navy Seal Foundation's upcoming Chicago fundraiser.

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<![CDATA[Midterm Elections: Oberweis Attacks Durbin in 'Dick Nixon' Radio Spot]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:59:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/oberweis001.jpg
Jim Oberweis has launched his most negative attack yet on U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, releasing a radio ad that compares the Illinois Democrat to Richard Nixon.]]>
<![CDATA[Under the Radar, Obama Impeachment Talk Heats Up]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:19:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_obama_trayvon_yo.jpg
You might not be hearing a lot about it, but a whole lot of folks in America would like nothing more than to see President Barack Obama impeached and removed from office.

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<![CDATA[Media Denied at Mock Debate]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:07:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HenryTeune.jpg
The teens held their debate at the Arturo Velasquez Institute on the City's West side as part of the Chicago Housing Authority's Summer Advantage Learn and Earn program program.

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