<![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, 25 Oct 2014 21:05:18 -0500 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:05:18 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Opinion: Why Oberweis Is Pivoting on Gay Marriage]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:00:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/10P_PKG_OBERWEIS_LUNCHEON_13786509_1200x675_196265539512.jpg
In a stunning turnaround, Jim Oberweis has revealed that he would support a federal law for gay marriage though he'd rather states have the final say on the issue.]]>
<![CDATA[This Week in Mudslinging: Bruce Rauner Is An Alpha Bully; Oberweis Is Toast.]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:59:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SKoreanMudFest.jpg
There's T minus 12 days to go 'til Election Day, and no clear winner in the close battle between Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner. Both men are in survival

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Was City Duped on Interest Rate Swaps?]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:28:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+skyline+getty1.jpg
Activists and others are calling on the City of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools to come clean about their dealings with interest rate swaps.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Stars In Another Pro-Quinn TV Ad: Video]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:31:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/169*120/Michelle-Obama-Ikram-thumb2.jpg
Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign has released a new ad starring First Lady Michelle Obama, this one with footage from her Oct. 7 rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Dold, Schneider Battle in Race for 10th District]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/brad+schneider+2014.jpg
Democrat Brad Schneider is the incumbent, having served one term in Congress, campaigning alongside Vice President Joe Biden, but he realizes the 10th District is quite Independent.

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<![CDATA[Obama Invites Jackie Robinson West to Washington]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:23:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/JRW_stage_Igram.jpg
While in Chicago earlier this week, President Barack Obama reportedly paid a visit to the Jackie Robinson West Little League national champions and told them: "I am inviting you to the White House."

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<![CDATA[Opinion: Sun-Times Squanders Trust]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:45:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sun-times-p1.jpg
It doesn't matter whether the Sun-Times had the purest of motives in endorsing someone like Rauner. What matters is appearance.]]>
<![CDATA[Sun-Times Reporter Resigns, Criticizes Paper's Leadership and Bruce Rauner]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:50:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/chicago-sun-times-building1.jpg
The final straw, McKinney said, was the Sun Times' decision to reverse its three-year-old no endorsement policy and endorse Rauner whom McKinney sees as “the very campaign that had unleashed what Sun...
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<![CDATA[Emanuel Names Kurt Summers Jr. To City Treasurer Post]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:41:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel+summers.jpg
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday appointed Kurt Summers Jr. to the City Treasurer post being left by Stephanie Neely.

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<![CDATA[Bloomberg Pours $1.9 Million Into Pro-Dold Ad Buy]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:47:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_michael_bloomberg_anuncia_indices_de_crimen.jpg
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's political action committee Independence USA is pouring $1.9 million into an television ad buy backing Illinois congressional candidate Bob Dold.

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<![CDATA[Rivals Debate in NH Senate Race]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:06:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2014-10-21-21h11m54s10.jpg
Republican challenger Scott Brown continued to hammer away at Democrat Jeanne Shaheen's record in Washington as the incumbent repeatedly accused her opponent of fear mongering during a debate in...
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<![CDATA[Obama Forgot to Clean His Chicago Home Before Leaving For Washington]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:18:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/203*120/obamalax.jpg
President Barack Obama says his home on Chicago's South Side is a 2008-era time warp of sorts, with old newspapers and unpaid bills left behind in the First Family's move to DC six years ago.

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Bill Clinton Hits Chicago to Shake Up the Quinn-Rauner Race]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:15:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/194*120/AP844735183084.jpg
Remember when Bill "Explainer-in-Chief" Clinton waltzed into the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and proceeded to give the best speech of the election season thus far? Now embattled...

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<![CDATA[The 11 Biggest Quinn-sults and Rauner Rips From Monday's Debate]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:00:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/quinn-rauner-wls-debates.jpg
Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner squared off Monday night in their last debate before the Nov. 4 election. Per usual in this wildly hostile, closely matched...]]>
<![CDATA[The Chicago GOP's Chris Cleveland Sounds Off on Quinn, Rahm and Daley]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:09:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lucky-the-elephant-flickr.jpg
As Illinois' GOP gubernatorial contender Bruce Rauner focuses attention on Democratic Chicago, the state's most powerful voting bloc and one cornered by incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, the Chicagoan who heads up...

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<![CDATA[Man to President: "Don't Touch My Girlfriend"]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:54:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-vote-girlfriend-1.jpg
While taking part in Early Voting in Chicago on Monday, President Barack Obama was interrupted at his electronic polling station by a man with a lighthearted word-of-caution.
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<![CDATA[City Continues to Walk Fine Line on Police Overtime]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:49:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_rahm_emanuel_chapo_guzman_chicago.JPG
The city is once again spending millions of dollars beyond what was budgeted for police overtime.

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<![CDATA[City Treasurer Stephanie Neely Stepping Down]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:29:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Stephanie+D.+Neely+1.jpg
City Treasurer Stephanie Neely will step down after eight years in office, effective at the end of November.]]>
<![CDATA[Bruce Rauner Won't Campaign With Rand Paul, Ted Cruz]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:57:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner_black_ministers.jpg
The GOP is touting Bruce Rauner as The Next Best Thing to rescue Illinois from fiscal doom. The media often touts Rand Paul as The Second Coming to rebrand and energize the party, saving it from its stodgy self....]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Casts Early Ballot in General Election]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:22:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-early-vote-2.jpg
"This is the most important office in a democracy: the office of citizen," Obama said inside polling location.
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<![CDATA[Karen Lewis Returns to Twitter After Brain Tumor Diagnosis]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:37:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Karen_Lewis_9-2.jpg
Karen Lewis is back on Twitter. Until yesterday, the Chicago Teachers Union president, former mayoral contender and avid tweeter had been silent on the social media platform since]]>
<![CDATA[Rival Gets Hands on Campaign Book]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:40:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/carl+demaio+scott+peters.JPG
A new bombshell dropped Friday in the race for California’s 52nd Congressional District when both candidates confirmed a Carl DeMaio campaign strategy book, allegedly stolen during an office break-in, found its...
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<![CDATA[Governor's Race Too Close to Call, New Poll Shows]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:52:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn-rauner-p1.jpg
A new poll by the Paul Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University showed the race for Illnois governor is too close to call.]]>
<![CDATA[Rahm Touts $23.5 Million Affordable Housing Complex for Homeless Veterans]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:57:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_alcalde_rahm_emanuel1.JPG
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday touted the opening of a brand-new, $23.5 million affordable apartment complex for homeless veterans—and those at risk of homelessness—on the city's South Side.

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<![CDATA[Activists Refuse to Take ‘No’ on Elected School Board Vote]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:45:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-city-council.jpg
Some of the groups involved in the coalition have been working on the issue for years, and are confident the latest effort is a winning strategy for getting the question in front of voters.]]>
<![CDATA[This Week in Mudslinging: Sugar and Spice Makes Everything Nasty]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:24:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/224*120/Lolla+mud+8-3.jpg
With less than three weeks 'til Election Day, the mud pies are flying fast and furious. (It's messy out there.) The week's most notable moments in the endlessly entertaining circus sideshow that is...]]>
<![CDATA[Campaign Ad Featuring James Foley Pulled]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:58:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_james_foley_ejecucion_isis_syria.jpg
A conservative ad campaign that featured James Foley, the New Hampshire journalist slain by ISIS, moments before his execution, will be pulled, the group responsible for the ad said. Secure America Now President

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<![CDATA[Putnam County: Illinois' Political Bellwether]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:54:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/258*120/Putnam+screenshot+p1.jpg
“As the vote goes in Putnam County, so goes the state,” said Democrat and Putnam County Clerk Dan Kuhn.]]>
<![CDATA[Emanuel Brings Microsoft Ignite Conference to Chicago]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:32:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/microsoft3.JPG
Ignite plays as something of a meta conference for Microsoft, who will combine a series of smaller conferences -- TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, The Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Project -- into one.

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<![CDATA[Illinois General Election Guide 2014]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:18:40 -0500 Governor | Pat Quinn vs. Bruce Rauner
Both Quinn and Rauner have raised and spent millions of dollars for their campaigns for Governor. Read more here]]>
Governor | Pat Quinn vs. Bruce Rauner
Both Quinn and Rauner have raised and spent millions of dollars for their campaigns for Governor. Read more here]]>
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November 4 is election day for Illinois residents to vote for who they would like to represent them. Take a quick look at who is running for what, where and who they are running against.]]>
<![CDATA[Rauner Recruits Black Supporters for Video Testimonials]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:09:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/tlmd_bruce_rauner_republicano_illinois.JPG
As race becomes a defining theme of 2014's hyper-competitive Illinois governor showdown, Republican Bruce Rauner—angling to dethrone Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn—has recruited African-American allies to...

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<![CDATA[Quinn vs. Rauner: Candidates Rack Up $35 Million Campaign Tab]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:39:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Quinn-rauner-p1.jpg
Heading into the final stretch, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican nemesis Bruce Rauner have each racked up hugely expensive campaign tabs ahead of Nov. 4's election.]]>
<![CDATA[Opinion: Kelly Campaign Stunt Matters Little in Mayor’s Race]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:48:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/billkelly.jpg
Chances are that all William Kelly did was spend $100,000 of his own money to buy a day’s worth of the media spotlight.

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<![CDATA[Quinn-Rauner Showdown Drives Voter Registration in Chicago Area]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:47:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/I+Voted+Today+sticker.jpg
Forget what you've heard about rising voter apathy—wait, there's an election in November?—because, in the Chicago area at least, more residents are registering to have a say at the ballot box, a pattern...

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<![CDATA[Quinn's Mother Talks Governor's Race]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:28:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/eileen+quinn.jpg
Eileen Quinn isn’t about to gloss over how she feels about Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner.]]>