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Friday, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:08 PM

Read Rev. Jackson's Full Letter on Parkinson's Diagnosis

Rev. Jesse Jackson's announcement Friday that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease came as a surprise to many, but his diagnosis was apparently not a secret to all. Read »

Friday, Nov 17, 2017 at 6:09 PM

Rev. Jesse Jackson Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he announced Friday. Read »

Friday, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:56 PM

Rev. Jackson Diagnosed With Parkinson's in 2015, Doctors Say

Rev. Jesse Jackson's announcement Friday that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease came as a surprise to many, but his diagnosis was apparently not a secret to all. Read »

Friday, Nov 17, 2017 at 8:39 AM

Preckwinkle to Unveil 2018 Budget Amendment

Preckwinkle to Unveil 2018 Budget Amendment

After warning of "painful cuts" in wake of the demise of Cook County's controversial beverage tax, Board President Toni Preckwinkle is expected to unveil an amendement to the 2018 budget Friday she claims... Read »

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Rauner Changes Tone as He Signs New Harassment Bills

With new revelations and investigations into allegations of sexual harassment seemingly popping up daily in both Springfield and Washington D.C., Governor Bruce Rauner’s responses to questions about his... Read »

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 at 9:06 AM

$26K Raised by Ex-Top Cop's Mayoral Exploratory Committee

$26K Raised by Ex-Top Cop's Mayoral Exploratory Committee

As former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy weighs whether to run for mayor in 2019, Illinois' Politico Playbook reports his exploratory committee has so far raised $26,000 dollars. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 at 8:19 PM

Porter Begins Clearing Backlog of Misconduct Complaints

New special Legislative Inspector General Julie Porter has begun her investigative work in Springfield as she takes on years of misconduct complaints that have gone uninvestigated. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 at 6:38 PM
Kids at Lurie Children's Hospital Get Thanksgiving Surprise

Kids at Lurie Children's Hospital Get Thanksgiving Surprise

Patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital received a special surprise Wednesday: a pre-Thanksgiving feast for the kids and their families. NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz shows us how the volunteers with Cal’s Angels... Watch »

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 at 3:03 PM

Gutierrez Sponsors Bill Calling for Trump's Impeachment

Gutierrez Sponsors Bill Calling for Trump's Impeachment

Representative Luis Gutierrez has joined an effort by House Democrats to file Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 at 7:36 AM

Cook County Board to Discuss New Sexual Harassment Training

A move is underway to bring more training to Cook County employees in an effort to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Read »

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Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

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Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.
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Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.
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