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Ginger Evans to Resign as Chicago Aviation Commissioner

The Chicago Department of Aviation commissioner is stepping down, the city confirmed Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 at 4:50 PM

Illinois Governor's Race Goes Down the Toilet-- Literally

The Illinois Governor’s race has already gone into the toilet-- literally. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Ex-Inspector to Review Illinois House Amid Harassment Claims

A former state executive inspector general will investigate the Illinois House of Representatives after several sexual harassment scandals. Read »

Monday, Jun 18, 2018 at 7:26 PM

Officer's 2015 Double Shooting Trial Begins

Despite having to leave the courtroom a number of times Monday, Janet Cooksey says she plans to sit through as much of this trial as she can. Read »

Monday, Jun 18, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Emanuel Stops Speech to Blast Trump, Border Separations

In the middle of a planned speech Monday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pivoted from the script to make unexpected and passionate remarks against the family separations taking place along the southern U.S. Read »

Monday, Jun 18, 2018 at 6:51 AM

Rauner Names Curator for Newly Remodeled Governor's Mansion

The superintendent of Illinois historic sites including the Old State Capitol and Lincoln Tomb has been tapped to serve as curator of the newly remodeled Illinois Governor's Mansion. Read »

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 7:21 PM
Take 5: President Trump to Return to Milwaukee

Take 5: President Trump to Return to Milwaukee

President Donald Trump is heading back to Wisconsin, but what kind of reception will he get? NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have all the details in this week's Take 5 on... Watch »

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 11:31 PM

Top Cop Worried Over Rialmo's Well-Being After Shootings

Chicago police officer Robert Rialmo was placed on desk duty following the fatal shooting of Quintonio Legreir and Bettie Jones. In his sworn deposition, which was released Thursday, Supt. Read »

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 7:36 PM

Is Vallas' Mayoral Campaign Actually Based in Chicago?

Even with the Chicago mayoral election still eight months away, it seems that any issue is fair game in the battle to get the top political spot in the city. Read »

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 at 7:33 PM

Depositions of Emanuel, Johnson Released in LeGrier Case

Months after both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Supt. Eddie Johnson were ordered to sit for sworn depositions in a lawsuit filed by the family of a teenager fatally shot by an officer in 2015, video showing... Read »

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