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Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019 at 12:48 PM
Watch Pritzker Sign Recreational Marijuana Bill

Watch Pritzker Sign Recreational Marijuana Bill

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the recreational marijuana bill in Illinois, legalizing recreational pot use in the state beginning Jan. 1.   Watch »

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Illinois Governor Signs Recreational Marijuana Bill

The governor of Illinois signed a bill Tuesday making the state the 11th in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use. Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2019 at 7:57 PM

Special Prosecutor Requested in South Bend Police Shooting

A special prosecutor was requested Monday to investigate the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in a case that has inflamed tensions between black residents and law enforcement in the... Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2019 at 7:20 PM

Ex-Ald. Willie Cochran Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison

Former Chicago Ald. Willie Cochran has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges. Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2019 at 5:07 PM

Buttigieg Criticized at Emotional Town Hall After Shooting

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced criticism Sunday from angry residents of South Bend, Indiana, at an emotional town hall meeting a week after a white police officer fatally shot a black man... Read »

Sunday, Jun 23, 2019 at 8:36 AM

Lightfoot Fires Back at Trump Over Immigration Policies

A day after she announced that the city of Chicago would not cooperate with planned deportation raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is doubling down on her opposition... Read »

Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 at 6:43 PM

Pritzker Signs Bill Limiting State Immigration Enforcement

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a bill that would ban privately operated immigrant detention centers. Read »

Friday, Jun 21, 2019 at 9:09 PM
Take 5: The Week That Was in Politics

Take 5: The Week That Was in Politics

 Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern take you through the week that was in politics with today's Take 5.  Watch »

Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 at 4:42 PM

Lightfoot Says City Won't Cooperate With Reported ICE Raids

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a statement Friday condemning a reported plan by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to conduct raids over the weekend, saying that the city is taking “concrete steps”... Read »

Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 at 6:44 PM

Details Slowly Emerge in Raid of Ald. Austin's Office

A day after federal agents raided the offices of Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin, new details are beginning to emerge over what exactly it was they were looking for. Read »

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