<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago Political News and Chicago Politics]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usFri, 01 Jul 2016 14:19:40 -0500Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:19:40 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Clinton Maintains Edge in New NBC Battleground Map]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:18:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/split2-trump-clinton-june7.jpg
With both parties now having their presumptive nominees and with new battleground-state polling and maneuvering to chew on, NBC News updated its battleground map. The result: Hillary Clinton maintains her...

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<![CDATA[Minimum Wage Went Up for Chicago Workers Friday]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:15:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/188*120/GettyImages-51820734.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago’s minimum wage has increased to $10.50 an hour Friday.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Reddit Fan Club Faces Crackdown, Civil War]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:46:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-muslim-ban.jpg
Donald Trump's presidential campaign isn't the only thing being shaken up. His leading fan site on the online message board Reddit has been plagued by constant infighting among moderators, NBC News...

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<![CDATA[Chicago's Tobacco-Buying Age Increases Friday]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:07:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/smoking-stock-image.jpg
The minimum age to buy cigarettes in Chicago jumps from 18 to 21 Friday. An ordinance to increase the city’s tobacco-buying age was approved by Chicago’s City Council in March.

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<![CDATA[Trump Has a 3 Percent Chance in Illinois: Report]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:51:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-muslim-ban.jpg
According to a new report, the divisive billionaire only has a 3 percent chance of winning Illinois in November.

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<![CDATA[RNC Rule Proposal Aims to Thwart 'Stop Trump' Forces]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:39:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-AP_16165715343393.jpg
In an attempt to block the "Stop Trump" movement that aimed to upend the Republican National Convention, delegates began circulating a draft rule that would effectively lock-in Donald Trump as the GOP...

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<![CDATA[Budget Negotiations Continue in Springfield]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:09:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018500240_1200x675_716026435975.jpg
Lawmakers continue to negotiate during a special legislative session in Springfield as the state approaches one year with no budget.]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Won't Release Proof He Forgave Campaign Loans]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:05:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542736078-trump.jpg
Donald Trump said last Thursday he was forgiving over $45 million in personal loans made to his campaign, an announcement that drew plenty of coverage.But a week later, NBC News has learned the FEC has posted...

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<![CDATA[Trump Wants Consequences for GOP Rivals Not Endorsing Him]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:03:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_GettyImages-543431030.jpg
Donald Trump is once again taking on former Republican rivals and traditionally conservative allies, NBC News reported. The GOP presumptive nominee, less than three weeks from the party's convention, told...

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<![CDATA[Rauner, Lawmakers Reach Tentative Stopgap Funding Deal]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:08:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Springfield2.jpg
Lawmakers will return to Springfield Thursday to potentially vote on a compromise that would keep the state government running for the next six months and fund schools for the upcoming fiscal year.]]>
<![CDATA[Ditka Says He Hasn't 'Made Up His Mind' About GOP Convention]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:30:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ditka-GettyImages-463267934.jpg
Despite reports that Mike Ditka will be at the Republican National Convention among other sports icons next month, Da Coach says he has not yet accepted the invitation from Da Donald.

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<![CDATA[Sanders to Back DNC Delegate Trips]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:04:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DNC+Delegates+Philly+Money+4+Box.jpg
More than 600 delegates pledged to Bernie Sanders have taken to online crowdfunding to help pay for their expensive trips to the Democratic National Convention to be held in Philadelphia this July.

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<![CDATA[Protesters at Trump Event in Boston]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:52:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Trump+gif+new.gif
A congressman joined dozens of protesters outside a Boston hotel where presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was scheduled to make a campaign stop Wednesday. The billionaire businessman will

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<![CDATA[House Democrats to Rally for Gun Control]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:20:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16165662794920.jpg
Illinois Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives will join a "national day of action” Wednesday in Chicago to demonstrate for gun control.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Introduces Funding Plan Without CPS ‘Bailout’]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:43:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bruce+rauner+getty+2.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner released details about his revamped stopgap funding plan for education and other essential government services Tuesday, but the plan doesn’t include the substantial funding increase for Chicago...

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<![CDATA[Obama Urges Calm Following Brexit ]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:56:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/OBAMA_FOR_MAC_1200x675_711548995969.jpg
President Obama urged calm following Britain's vote to exit the European Union.In an interview broadcast Tuesday on National Public Radio, the president, who opposed Brexit, said the spirit of international...]]>
<![CDATA[Democrats' Preemptive Benghazi Report Exonerates Clinton]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:30:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hillary-clinton-benghazi.jpg
Frustrated by the pace of the investigation, the House Select Committee on Benghazi's Democratic members released their own, 339-page minority report on the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Trump, Clinton Less Popular Than NRA, Planned Parenthood: Poll]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:02:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-encuestas.jpg
The Democratic and Republican parties and their presumptive presidential nominees continue to be significantly unpopular with voters, in some cases more so than institutions like the NRA and Planned Parenthood...

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Campaigns in Chicago Monday]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:04:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hillary+Clinton2.png
Hillary Clinton will campaign in Chicago Monday as her poll numbers surge.

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<![CDATA[Dump Trump Movement Planning for Convention Floor Fight]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:20:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16171043306152.jpg
The grassroots movement aimed at ousting Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention is planning for a convention floor fight, hiring staff, establishing a command center in Cleveland and rolling out ads...

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Visits the Midwest, Chicago]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 02:26:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clinton+GettyImages-542155470.jpg
The Midwest is front and center for Hillary Clinton's campaign over the next two days.Clinton is speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis Sunday afternoon, her first visit to Indiana...

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<![CDATA[Governor Rauner Tours Tornado Damage in Pontiac]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:19:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018418336_1200x675_712451651969.jpg
Governor Rauner went to Pontiac, Illinois, on Friday to survey the damage of a dangerous EF-2 tornado that tore through the town Wednesday night.]]>
<![CDATA[What Stands Between Trump and a US Brexit Effect]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:44:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/542736486-donald-trump-brexit-vote-election.jpg
Even as Donald Trump drew parallels on Friday between the British vote to leave the European Union and the American presidential election, migration experts and activists cautioned against too close a comparison...

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<![CDATA[Duckworth Settles Workplace Retaliation Lawsuit]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:41:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tammy+duckworth+getty.jpg
A lawsuit filed against Rep. Tammy Duckworth was settled Friday, just over a month before the case, stemming from her time as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, was set to go to...

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Short on Details During Deposition About Cops: Report]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:35:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Emanuel10.png
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was deposed Friday as part of a lawsuit filed by eight Chicago police officers who claim they were dropped from the mayor’s security detail for political reasons after he took office in 2011.

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<![CDATA[House Dems Stream Sit-In]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:15:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Periscope-GettyImages-473860588.jpg
The shot wasn’t always steady, and sometimes people got in the way.Such are the perils of recording video on a cellphone.Streaming media conveyed House Democrats' message to the masses when C-SPAN cameras...

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<![CDATA['No Fly, No Buy' Gun Measure Survives Senate]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:15:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GUNS_AP_16173672808809.jpg
A Republican-backed compromise amendment to prevent people on the "no fly list" from acquiring firearms survived an effort to kill the measure Thursday — but at the moment it likely lacks the votes to pass...

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<![CDATA[Rauner Won't Agree to Budget Deal With CPS 'Bailout']]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:11:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+rahm+0527.jpg
With time running out before the July 1 deadline to pass a budget, the Illinois House and Senate will return to Springfield next week, with a vote likely to take place on a stop-gap measure to pay the...]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Urges Emanuel to Sign Term-Limit Petition: Report]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:31:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/patquinn123.jpg
Former Gov. Pat Quinn urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to sign a petition Wednesday that looks to impose term limits on the mayor, the Chicago Tribune reports.]]>
<![CDATA[New Kirk Ad Distances Senator from GOP, Trump]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:32:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP152309323941.jpg
Sen. Mark Kirk's campaign released a new TV advertisement Thursday that frames the senator as “bipartisan” and “independent" on a series of issues.]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Democrats Join House Sit-In for Gun Control]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:19:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HOUSE_DEM_AP_16175088225937.jpg
Illinois Democrats joined a protest in the chamber of the House of Representatives Wednesday to demand a vote on gun control measures.

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<![CDATA[Trump Says He 'Heard' Clinton's Email Server Was Hacked]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:52:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TrumpNightlyNews.png
Donald Trump insisted Thursday that Hillary Clinton’s private email server was hacked, but could not say where he learned the information. "I think I read that," Trump said. "And I heard it, and...

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<![CDATA[Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis No Stranger to Sit-Ins]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:44:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SIT_IN_AP_16174617154578.jpg
Rep. John Lewis, 76, led a sit-in on Wednesday in a quest to force a vote on gun control.And the Civil Rights icon has faced angry mobs hurling racial epithets, jail and a beating by cops wielding night sticks...

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<![CDATA[Rubio Move Part of GOP Strategy to Keep Senate Even if Trump Loses]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:21:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/RUBIO_GettyImages-515906890.jpg
Marco Rubio's decision on Wednesday to run for re-election for his Florida U.S. Senate seat, at the urging of party leaders, is part of an aggressive series of moves the GOP is taking in the hopes of keeping...

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<![CDATA[Sick Days, Wrigley Plaza: What City Council Did Wednesday]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:15:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/city+hall+GettyImages-500588420.jpg
Chicago City Council approved a variety of measures Wednesday, including regulations on the house-sharing and ride-sharing industries and new rules for the Wrigley Field plaza.]]>