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Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 at 1:59 PM

No Millennial Bump for Buttigieg, But Hints of Broad Appeal

No Millennial Bump for Buttigieg, But Hints of Broad Appeal

Pete Buttigieg would like to turn the fight for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination into a contest about generational change. But there's one looming problem: He has yet to win over his own. Read »

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 at 9:49 PM
Take 5: The Week That Was in Illinois Politics

Take 5: The Week That Was in Illinois Politics

NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have all the news you need to know for this week's Take 5 on Politics.  Watch »

Friday, Sep 13, 2019 at 11:44 AM

Illinois Agencies Advised to Prepare for Budget Cuts in 2020

Illinois Agencies Advised to Prepare for Budget Cuts in 2020

Illinois' budget office has issued a memo warning agency heads they should be prepared to make significant cuts to next year's budgets. WNIU-Radio reports the memo, signed by Deputy Gov. Read »

Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 at 11:48 PM
Protester Rushes Stage During Sean Spicer Appearance

Protester Rushes Stage During Sean Spicer Appearance

A heated protest at Northeastern Illinois University Thursday saw a demonstrator rush the stage as former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer spoke.  Watch »

Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 at 6:29 PM

Documents Reveal New Details of Hastert Payments

In a sworn deposition attached to a motion filed in Kendall County Court, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert gave his version of the events surrounding abuse allegations made by a former student. Read »

Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 at 5:27 PM

Cook County Judges Re-elect Chief Judge in Contentious Race

Cook County Judges Re-elect Chief Judge in Contentious Race

Cook County's circuit judges on Thursday re-elected Chief Judge Timothy Evans to oversee one of the largest unified court systems in the world. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 at 8:49 PM

Lawyer Says Hastert Changed Story

In a court filing, the attorney for Dennis Hastert's original accuser says he has changed his story and denies molesting her client. A hearing in the ongoing case is scheduled for Friday. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 at 1:40 PM

Wife of Alderman to Be Chief Justice on Illinois High Court

Wife of Alderman to Be Chief Justice on Illinois High Court

The wife of a powerful Chicago alderman facing federal corruption allegations will become the Illinois Supreme Court's next chief justice. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 at 2:27 PM

Hastert Hush-Money Case Moves Forward

Hastert Hush-Money Case Moves Forward

A Kendall County judge has refused to throw out the case of a man who says Dennis Hastert still owes him over a million dollars in hush money. Barring a settlement, the case could go to trial in November. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 at 1:20 PM

Former Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Lands New Job

Former Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has found a new job. Madigan joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP's offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., as a litigation partner, the law firm announced... Read »

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