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Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 at 12:37 PM

Chicago Ald. Willie Cochran Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charge

Chicago Ald. Willie Cochran pleaded guilty to a felony charge of wire fraud Thursday in part of a plea deal that led prosecutors to drop 14 of the 15 counts against him. Read »

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 at 7:07 PM

Chance the Rapper Endorses Toni Preckwinkle For Mayor

Chance the Rapper on Thursday endorsed Toni Preckwinkle for mayor of Chicago, just ahead of the city's runoff election. Read »

Thursday, Mar 21, 2019 at 2:12 PM

Obamas Not Endorsing Candidate for Chicago Mayor

Obamas Not Endorsing Candidate for Chicago Mayor

As the race for Chicago mayor heads to the final stretch, it appears the Obamas won't be endorsing a candidate in the run-off election for mayor of Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 at 10:42 PM
Mayoral Debate: Change, Experience Main Topics of Discussion

Mayoral Debate: Change, Experience Main Topics of Discussion

During Wednesday debate, the Cook County board president stayed focused on her experience, While Lori Lightfoot kept promising change. NBC 5's Patrick Fazio reports. Watch »

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 at 10:08 PM

Former Cook County President Stroger Endorses Preckwinkle

Former Cook County President Stroger Endorses Preckwinkle

They're former rivals, but that was then, and this is now. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 at 7:41 PM

Chance the Rapper Expected to Endorse Preckwinkle: Sources

Chance the Rapper Expected to Endorse Preckwinkle: Sources

While Toni Preckwinkle’s campaign will not confirm it, several sources tied to the Mayor’s race believe that Chance the Rapper will endorse Toni Preckwinkle. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 at 7:52 AM

Preckwinkle's Decision to Yank Campaign Ads Raises Eyebrows

Just two weeks before the runoff election, Toni Preckwinkle pulled her television ads. Read »

Monday, Mar 18, 2019 at 10:44 PM
Candidates' Trustworthiness Questioned at Monday's Mayoral Forum

Candidates' Trustworthiness Questioned at Monday's Mayoral Forum

NBC 5's Patrick Fazio has the details on Monday's mayoral forum that focused on issues of trust. Watch »

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019 at 5:47 AM

Homophobic Fliers Appear in Chicago Mayoral Race

Anti-gay fliers have surfaced in the Chicago mayor’s race with a photo of Lori Lightfoot and her partner on one side and on the back side, various messages. Read »

Monday, Mar 18, 2019 at 12:20 PM

Who's on Your Ballot in Chicago's Runoff Elections?

Who's on Your Ballot in Chicago's Runoff Elections?

With so many important races happening across Chicago, it can be tough to know which ward you're in - and thus, who's on your ballot. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

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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Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He was the President of the United States. But at heart, Barack Obama is a Chicago politician.
Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.
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