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Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 at 9:47 PM

Garcia Holds Large Lead in Race to Replace Gutierrez

Garcia Holds Large Lead in Race to Replace Gutierrez

The race to replace retiring 4th District Congressman Luis Gutierrez attracted a lot of interest, but one candidate has already grabbed a huge lead over the field. Read »

Friday, Dec 15, 2017 at 7:25 PM

McCarthy Still Evaluating Potential Mayoral Run

Former Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy is still undecided about whether to run for mayor in 2019, but he says that he feels he can do a better job in leading the city than the current mayor. Read »

Friday, Dec 15, 2017 at 5:58 PM
Deep Dish: Doug Jones' Chicago Connection

Deep Dish: Doug Jones' Chicago Connection

In this week's Deep Dish, NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin explore Chicago's connections to Doug Jones' Senate triumph in Alabama, and what former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett has... Watch »

Friday, Dec 15, 2017 at 11:58 PM

Trump: 'What the Hell Is Going on in Chicago?'

President Donald Trump spoke at FBI headquarters on Friday, and once again the conversation turned toward gun violence in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 9:01 PM

Chicago Unveils Municipal IDs to Be Available in March

Chicago Unveils Municipal IDs to Be Available in March

The city of Chicago has unveiled the design of a new municipal identification card that will be available next year to immigrants living in the country without legal permission and others. Read »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 8:12 PM

Questions to Quinn About Vets Home Promised, Not Completed

On Wednesday, the controversy over the deaths of 13 veterans at a facility in downstate Illinois roiled the gubernatorial race. On Thursday, the attorney general’s race was also affected by the issue. Read »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 2:59 PM

Madigan Appealing Net Neutrality Rollback

Madigan Appealing Net Neutrality Rollback

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining a group of law enforcement officials opposing the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality rules. Read »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 1:32 PM
Rahm Emanuel Playfully Dismisses Presidential Run

Rahm Emanuel Playfully Dismisses Presidential Run

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel playfully dismissed questions about whether he would consider a run for president during a news conference.  Watch »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 3:26 PM

Suit: Assessor Unfairly Burdened Minority Property Owners

Suit: Assessor Unfairly Burdened Minority Property Owners

Two community organizations have filed a lawsuit against the Cook County Assessor’s Office after they alleged that the office “systematically” shifted the burden of residential property taxes onto minority... Read »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 7:48 AM

Cook County Voters to See Marijuana Question on Ballot

Voters in Cook County will get the chance to vote on a non-binding question in the March primary on whether recreational marijuana should be legalized. Read »

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Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is "in play" as a possible contender to be named Donald Trump's running mate at next month's GOP convention, sources familiar with the vice presidential search tell NBC News.
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from...
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.
Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.
Ed Burke

Ed Burke

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