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2 hours ago

Politician's Fake Parking Tickets Draw Mixed Reaction

Politician's Fake Parking Tickets Draw Mixed Reaction

A controversial campaign stunt in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood is drawing mixed reactions from area residents. Read »

2 hours ago

Sessions Blasts Chicago Consent Decree as 'Un-Democratic'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called Chicago’s new proposed consent decree “insulting,” and said that the federal court order that led to it “unjustified” in a speech Friday afternoon. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM
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By Shelby Bremer

These Are the Candidates Running for Illinois Governor

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  • Gov. Bruce Rauner (Republican)
  • J.B. Pritzker (Democrat)
  • Kash Jackson (Libertarian)
3 hours ago

Roskam Dealing With Toughest Election Fight of His Life

Roskam Dealing With Toughest Election Fight of His Life

On primary Election Day in 2006, Margaret Prowell went to the polling place down the road from her new suburban Chicago home and asked for a Democratic ballot. The election judges were taken aback. Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 at 6:49 AM

Sessions Bound for Chicago to Speak to Anti-Crime Group

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will deliver a speech in Chicago on the heels of a Trump administration decision to oppose a proposed plan to overhaul Chicago police under close court supervision. Read »

4 hours ago

More Pritzker Staffers Allege 'Demeaning' Discrimination

In the wake of a lawsuit filed by former J.B. Pritzker campaign staffers alleging racial discrimination and harassment, Pritzker and his running mate, Juliana Stratton, said no one voiced concerns to them... Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 at 2:39 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

These Are the Candidates Currently Running for Chicago Mayor

Though Election Day is months away, several candidates have already announced their intention to run for mayor of Chicago. Here's a look at who's in the running.View gallery »

  • Dorothy Brown
  • Gery Chico
  • Bill Daley
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 at 10:56 AM

On the Issues: Candidates for Governor Answer 11 Questions

On the Issues: Candidates for Governor Answer 11 Questions

To help cut through the noise, we asked all four candidates for Illinois governor 11 of the most important questions to help inform voters on who they are and where they stand on certain issues facing Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 at 6:56 AM

AG Candidate Once Said Harassment Leads to Promiscuity

AG Candidate Once Said Harassment Leads to Promiscuity

A former Miss America who is running for Illinois attorney general once said that many victims of sexual harassment believe what is said about them and "become very promiscuous," and that some young people... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 at 10:38 PM

Pritzker Dismisses Discrimination Suit at Joliet Event

Twenty days to go and J.B. Pritzker's own staff is suing him. Read »

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