<![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 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 04:14:38 -0500 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 04:14:38 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Midterm Elections: Cook Report Dubs Illinois' Enyart-Bost Race a 'Toss-Up']]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:38:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bill+enyart+2014.jpg
The Cook Political Report has switched the dial on the congressional battle over Illinois' 12th District, dubbing the race between Democratic incumbent Bill Enyart and Republican challenger Mike Bost a toss-up.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Education Adviser Resigns Amid City Hall Exodus]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:30:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/classroom-generic-1200.jpg
Beth Swanson -- a top-ranked education adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel who helped settle the 2012 teachers strike -- has left her cushy gig at City Hall for an apparently cushier VP position at The...

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<![CDATA[Cubs CEO to Stage Fundraiser at Wrigley Field]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:03:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_24_cubs_opening_2013jpg_bim.jpg
It's a great day for a ... political fundraiser? Chicago Cubs CEO Tom Ricketts is using Wrigley Field to stage a campaign event for his brother, Pete, Nebraska's Republican candidate for governor.]]>
<![CDATA[Quinn Scores Teachers Union Endorsement in Bitter Governors Race]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:54:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/quinn-victory-1.jpg
Surprise! Not one but two powerful Illinois teachers unions have come forward to formally endorse Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn for governor over Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, who's basically...]]>
<![CDATA[5 Things to Know About New House GOP Leader McCarthy]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:14:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/450883992.jpg
House Republicans are set to get a new second-in-command this week, as Rep. Kevin McCarthy takes over Friday for outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The California native was selected for the position in...

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<![CDATA[Alderman Abandons Bartender Gig After DUI Arrest]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:55:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rey+colon+gallery.jpg
Ald. Rey Colon had been slated to take part in a fundraiser to support the "A Day in Avondale" neighborhood arts festival.]]>
<![CDATA[Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:30:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/e2f571ea7dd14bf8a3933c66e4655798.jpg
Smell that? It's the funky stench of victory for champions of expanding access to medical marijuana in the increasingly weed-friendly Windy City.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Should Name More Than Just a Park After Jane Byrne]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:54:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jane_Byrne_2.jpg
By any estimation, Jane deserves her day in the sun. She was one of the most colorful, passionate and, quite frankly, unpredictable public officials this city has ever had.]]>
<![CDATA[CA Has 1st Openly Gay Governor - For Part of Day]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:39:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/toni+atkins+swearing+in.jpg
For eight or nine hours on Wednesday, California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will be acting as the state's top chief executive— the first openly gay governor in state history.

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<![CDATA[City Council Blocks Watchdog's Campaign Finance Crusade]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:19:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+city+council+2.jpg
Tensions between Chicago aldermen and Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan boiled over on Wednesday as City Council passed an ordinance designed to block Khan's actions to gain authority to...]]>
<![CDATA[Council Approves Renaming Water Tower Plaza for Byrne]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:01:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jane_Byrne_2.jpg
Jane Byrne served as Chicago mayor from 1979 to 1983, but unlike mayors before her, no city parks or buildings bear her name.]]>
<![CDATA[Aldermen OK Phone Tax Hike]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:32:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/160015060.jpg
Phone surcharge will increase from $2.50 a month to $3.90.

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<![CDATA[Water Tower Plaza To Be Renamed for Jane Byrne]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:31:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jane_Byrne_2.jpg
Jane Byrne served as Chicago mayor from 1979 to 1983, but unlike mayors before her, no city parks or buildings bear her name.]]>
<![CDATA[Congressman Wants to End CHA "Supervouchers"]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:26:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/aaron-schock-gettyimages.jpg
Schock says CHA "supervouchers" allows a select few families to receive $3,000 to $4,000 a month in rent assistance that puts them in "some of the nicest luxury units."]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Alderman Arrested for DUI]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:36:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rey+colon+gallery.jpg
Chicago's 35th Ward alderman was arrested early Friday and charged with driving under the influence, police said.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama's Star-Making DNC Speech, 10 Years Later]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:36:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/186*120/032509+Obama+100+Days+DNC+fundraiser.jpg
Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's star-making keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Things have changed.

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<![CDATA[Opinion: City Council Once Again Trying to Pull Wool Over Its Own Eyes ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:12:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council1.jpg
The fact that Shiller is frontrunner for Office of Financial Analysis is, well, everything you need to know about how the City Council really operates.]]>
<![CDATA[Christie's Visit to Chicago Includes Trip to Portillo's]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:47:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/christie+portillos.jpg
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Chicago Friday night to support Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner.

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<![CDATA[Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:43:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Michael+Madigan+.jpg
Anshoo Sethi, the young owner of a failed O'Hare-area motel, managed to trick Illinois' political heavies into supporting his grand ambition to erect a massive $913 million hotel-and-convention center near...]]>
<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Attends Beyonce Concert After Chicago Fundraiser]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:37:31 -0500
After headlining a fundraiser at Chicago's Waldorf Astoria on Thursday, Michelle Obama stopped by River North eatery Sunda (where she posed for a photo with spotlight-chasing restaurateur Billy Dec)...]]>
<![CDATA[Aldermen Ask IG to Open Probe Into Red Light Tickets]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:46:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/209*120/b83583ccfcab4c1dbaf2e7c32ccb9fce.jpg
The alderman are asking for details pertaining to the program and for specific data on the system’s management, standards, revenue and other facts.]]>
<![CDATA[Concept Schools' Expansion Plans Highlight Double Standards for Charters]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:41:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/FBI3.jpg
Back in the old days, it used to be that an FBI raid on a private company meant something.]]>
<![CDATA[House Ethics Committee Extends Inquiry of Bobby Rush]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:25:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobby+rush+2014.jpg
The House Committee on Ethics says it is extending its inquiry into Congressman Bobby Rush for 45 days, and will announce a course of action on or before November 10, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:47:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/quinn+campaign+event.jpg
Gov. Pat Quinn wrote a personal check for $1,000 to help the family of slain 11-year-old Shamiya Adams pay for her funeral this weekend.]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:46:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chris+christie+june+2014.jpg
Groups supporting gay marriage and other causes say they plan to protest outside the fundraiser.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Public Schools OK Controversial $6.8 Billion Budget]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:43:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/generic-money-new-size-040114.jpg
As expected, Chicago Public Schools pushed the button on its controversial $6.8 billion budget for 2015 amid criticism over slashing public school money, diverting more dollars into charters and falling back on...

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Durbin’s Right on Corporations Fleeing America]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:04:05 -0500 Dick Durbin
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More and more we’re hearing about companies looking to move their headquarters offshore simply for the benefits of lower taxes.

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<![CDATA[Willis Siblings Advance on "America's Got Talent" ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:05:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/492326759.jpg
The Willis Clan advanced to the next round on NBC's "America's Got Talent" Wednesday after mixed reviews from the judges' panel.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Makes the Chicago Rounds]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:49:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Michelle_Obama_dec.jpg
First Lady Michelle Obama is raising big bucks in Chicago Thursday, but also making time for some good fun and good food.

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<![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]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:28:24 -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.]]>