<![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 Wed, 27 May 2015 05:29:24 -0500 Wed, 27 May 2015 05:29:24 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rand Paul to Campaign in Chicago Wednesday]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 05:25:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/150408-rand-paul-today.jpg
Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will bring his campaign to Chicago Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Closing Arguments Heard in Park Grill Lawsuit]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 16:16:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Park_Grill.jpg
A videotape from a meeting 13 years ago has surfaced, complicating the case between the City of Chicago and Millennium Park's Park Grill restaurant even more.]]>
<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Visits NH Brewery]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 17:21:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/228*120/Hillary+Clinton+smuttynose+2.jpg
Republicans in Congress and GOP presidential hopefuls are threatening tens of thousands of small business jobs by seeking to cut a little-known government agency that guarantees loans to help U.S.

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<![CDATA[Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Sent to Rauner's Desk]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:51:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/732453081.jpg
Illinois Senators on Thursday followed House action from last month that makes small amounts of pot subject to fine rather than arrest.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Senate OKs Bobcat Hunting]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:22:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bobcat+bill+vetoed.jpg
The legislation would allow the Department of Natural Resources to issue as many as 200 permits a year to keep the animal's population in check.]]>
<![CDATA[Proposal Eases Navy Pier Booze Rules]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 10:41:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/beer36.jpg
Mayor Emanuel proposed a new ordinance during city council allowing visitors to carry an open container of alcohol throughout Navy Pier.

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<![CDATA[Rauner Expresses Concerns About State Officials in Op-Ed]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 11:55:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner1.jpg
Gov. Bruce Rauner took aim at “old guard” state officials Thursday in an op-ed in which he writes that Illinois’ problem with insiders controlling state government “is worse than I ever imagined.”]]>
<![CDATA[Jim Kenney Wins Philly Mayoral Bid]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 23:15:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/AP142050022358.jpg
Jim Kenney is one step closer to becoming Mayor of Philadelphia after winning the Democratic Party's nomination in Tuesday's primary. The 57-year-old former at-large city councilman was declared the winner...

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<![CDATA[Should College Be Free? Bernie Sanders Says So]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 18:35:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/471658670.jpg
Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a proposal Tuesday that would make undergraduate tuition at four-year public colleges and universities free to students. The idea would be largely funded through...]]>
<![CDATA[Judge Allows Union-Fee Suit to Proceed Without Rauner]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 17:42:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/generic-gavel.jpg
A federal judge has allowed Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit over union fees paid by non-union workers to proceed — without the governor.

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<![CDATA[Obama Shatters Guinness' Twitter Record]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 13:00:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-blackberry-459365998.jpg
President Obama shattered a Twitterverse record when his new account @POTUS got one million followers in less than five hours, according to Guinness World Records. The Monday Twitter record beat one previously...

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton to Host Two Fundraisers in Chicago ]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 13:54:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP590093598343.jpg
The two events will be held at the homes of two well-known donors -- media businessman Fred Eychaner and billionaire entrpreneur J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K.]]>
<![CDATA[Pfleger Blames Budget Cuts for Rise in Violence]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 16:17:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ft.-Michael-Pfleger.jpg
After a particularly bloody weekend in Chicago, Fr. Michael Pfleger pointed to Gov. Bruce Rauner's declared budget cuts as a future obstacle in stemming the violence.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Insults Crowd Member at Inauguration]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 12:22:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/rahm+pointing+inauguration.jpg
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel started off his inauguration speech Monday with some laughter, and a slight jab at an enthusiastic audience member.]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Joins Twitter, Follows Chicago Sports Teams]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 13:38:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-blackberry-459365998.jpg
President Barack Obama finally has entered the Twittersphere on his own terms.

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<![CDATA["Hello, Twitter!" President Obama Gets His Own Account]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 11:43:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-blackberry-459365998.jpg
President Barack Obama has joined the Twitterverse. With his second term more than halfway through, the president sent an inaugural tweet from a new @POTUS Twitter account on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Rahm to Chicagoans: "You Must Do Your Part, Too"]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 11:47:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+inauguration1.jpg
In a scaled-back inauguration ceremony for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 50 city aldermen and citywide elected officials Monday, the mayor spoke on a similar platform to the one he campaigned on four years ago.

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<![CDATA["SNL" Heralds the Summer of Hillary Clinton]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 05:37:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hillary-Clinton-SNL-Louis-CK-16-May-2015-2.jpg
Nevermind the nice weather: Hillary Clinton was in campaign mode on "Saturday Night Live," and she is taking to sandy beaches and picnic tables across America to earn her place in the White House.

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<![CDATA[Andrea Zopp: "I'm Running" For U.S. Senate]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 12:19:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Andrea-Zopp.jpg
Andrea Zopp has made up her mind about a run for U.S. Senate.]]>
<![CDATA[House to Vote on Rauner's "Right-to-Work" Proposal]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 12:24:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/madigan+pension.jpg
The Illinois House of Representatives will vote Thursday on Gov. Bruce Rauner's contentious "right-to-work" proposal, but the vote may be more of a show of force than an effective move in legislation. ]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Mayor to Appear Regularly on "Chicago Tonight"]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 11:56:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+tonight+photo.JPG
With the official start of his second term less than a week away, Mayor Rahm Emanuel seems to be making good on his promise to be make some changes in his leadership style.

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<![CDATA[What To Expect From Presidential Library in Chicago]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 18:01:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama+books.JPG
After months of speculation, the announcement of where the Barack Obama Presidential Library will be built is expected on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[GROSS: Rand Paul Staffer Licks Super PAC's Camera]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 18:47:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP759153459907.jpg
A New Hampshire staffer for Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul's campaign licked the camera of a liberal tracking group trying to videotape the candidate on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Obama Library Coming to South Side of Chicago]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 19:32:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP464425549785.jpg
The Barack Obama Foundation on Tuesday announced that the South Side of Chicago will be the home of the future Barack Obama Presidential Center.]]>
<![CDATA[Rep. Bustos Offers Tickets to Taylor Swift Concert]]> Sun, 10 May 2015 10:48:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cheri+bustos+2014.jpg
If you missed attending the Katy Perry concert with former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, you may still be in luck. You can now go to a Taylor Swift concert with another member of Congress from Illinois.

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<![CDATA["SNL" Skewers GOP Presidential Candidates]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 06:33:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Ted-Cruz-Bobby-Moynihan-SNL-9-May-2015.jpg
"Saturday Night Live" skewered Republicans running for the presidential nomination in a skit featuring the Southern Republican Leadership Conference — but Hillary Clinton didn't exactly escape unscathed.

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