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Friday, Apr 20, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Pruitt Fires Back on Whiting Visit

More than 12 hours after a tour of Whiting, Indiana that was labeled secret, even by local enforcement who were not informed until the last minute, a spokesman for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pushed back. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 7:17 PM

Pruitt, Holcomb Hold Secretive Meeting in Indiana

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb toured a clean-up site in Whiting, Indiana Thursday, but the meeting was largely kept under wraps. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 7:16 PM

Tammy Duckworth Brings Baby to Senate Vote

Sen. Tammy Duckworth knew she may need to vote on the Senate floor Thursday, but she wasn't about to do it without her newest daughter. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Sen. Sam McCann Announces Run for Illinois Governor

Sen. Sam McCann Announces Run for Illinois Governor

The Illinois governors race just got a little more crowded. Sen. Sam McCann (C-Plainview) announced Thursday his entry into the race alongside Aaron Merreighn, a veterans’ rights activist, as a Conservative... Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 6:47 AM

Preckwinkle Is First Black Woman to Head Cook County Dems

Preckwinkle Is First Black Woman to Head Cook County Dems

Democratic Party leaders in Cook County have elected County Board President Toni Preckwinkle the party's chairman. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 6:45 AM

Chicago Public Schools Hold Local School Council Elections

Chicago Public Schools Hold Local School Council Elections

Thursday marked an important day for Chicago Public Schools, as Local School Council elections were scheduled to take place. However, according to a new report, there's one problem: not enough candidates. Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Babies of Senators Now Welcome in Senate Chamber

Babies of Senators Now Welcome in Senate Chamber

Who doesn't like babies? No one in the Senate, apparently — at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 at 8:54 PM

Activist Ja'Mal Green Says He Will Run For Mayor

A community activist announced Wednesday he intends to run for mayor of Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 at 6:41 PM
Jeb Bush Makes Appearance in Chicago, Speaks After Mother's Death

Jeb Bush Makes Appearance in Chicago, Speaks After Mother's Death

Less than a day after the former first lady Barbara Bush died, her son Jeb came to Chicago to give a speach at Oak Brook. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern sat down with Bush afterward and he spoke more about his... Watch »

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 at 5:54 PM

Bill to Ban Youth Football Won't Come Up for Vote

Bill to Ban Youth Football Won't Come Up for Vote

A proposal aimed at delaying the effects of helmet-banging head trauma by banning Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football lacks the votes this spring, its sponsor said Wednesday. Read »

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