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Friday, Oct 11, 2019 at 1:46 PM

University of Notre Dame to Host First 2020 Presidential Debate

The University of Notre Dame will host the first presidential debate ahead of the 2020 general election, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday. Read »

Friday, Oct 11, 2019 at 7:15 PM

Unredacted Warrant Details Raid of Sen. Sandoval's Office

Federal agents sought items related to at least 70 separate people or entities when they raided the office of state Sen. Martin Sandoval late last month, according to an unredacted search warrant released by the... Read »

Friday, Oct 11, 2019 at 10:32 AM
CTU President Details Issues Teachers May Strike Over

CTU President Details Issues Teachers May Strike Over

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey tells NBC 5's Zoraida Sambolin about the issues that teachers are prepared to strike over in contract negotiations with Chicago Public Schools leadership.  Watch »

Friday, Oct 11, 2019 at 7:09 AM

Pritzker Report Recommends Consolidating Pension Funds

Pritzker Report Recommends Consolidating Pension Funds

Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to push legislation this month to combine municipal fire and police pensions into two massive funds. Pritzker unveiled a task force report Thursday in Chicago. It recommends combing 649 Read »

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 10:58 PM

Exelon: Another Federal Subpoena Received on Lobbying

Exelon says in a new public filing that it and its electric utility, ComEd, have received a second federal subpoena asking about lobbying in Illinois and communications with a state senator whose offices the FBI... Read »

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 6:01 PM

Ald. Ed Burke Paid Nearly $400K in Legal Fees, Records Show

Embattled Chicago Ald. Ed Burke paid nearly $400,000 in legal fees from his campaign account in August and September, according to his political committee's quarterly report filed with the Illinois State... Read »

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 9:14 AM
CPS CEO Details Plan in the Event of a Teachers Strike

CPS CEO Details Plan in the Event of a Teachers Strike

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson tells NBC 5's Alex Maragos about the ongoing negotiations between the district and the Chicago Teachers Union, as well as what school officials plan to do in the... Watch »

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 9:00 PM

CPS, CTU Continue to Negotiate With Strike Date 1 Week Away

City leaders and the Chicago Teachers Union will be back at the bargaining table Thursday, exactly one week away from a potential strike. The union says one of the biggest sticking points is smaller class... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 at 8:19 PM

J.B. Pritzker Unveils Five-Year Economic Plan for Illinois

J.B. Pritzker Unveils Five-Year Economic Plan for Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has released a five-year economic plan for Illinois that builds on the state's strongest sectors such as agriculture, health care and transportation. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 at 3:19 PM

Read the Full IG Report on the Laquan McDonald Shooting

The city of Chicago on Wednesday released more than 6,500 pages of a long-secret Inspector General’s report on the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, making public for the first time hundreds of pages detailing... Read »

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