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Hastert Scores Victory in One of Two Abuse-Related Lawsuits

Disgraced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert scored a victory in Kendall County Circuit Court Monday, as a judge threw out a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed Hastert sexually abused him when he was a... Read »

Monday, Nov 20, 2017 at 8:29 AM

Todd Stroger Announces Run for Cook County Board President

It appears, Cook County will see another Preckwinkle-Stroger showdown. Read »

Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 at 11:30 PM

Chicago Prepares to Sue U.S. Steel Over Chromium Leaks

Chicago officials plan to take legal action Monday against U.S. Steel for a pair of chemical spills that have dumped pollutants into a tributary of Lake Michigan, one of which officials say was never reported to... Read »

Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 at 10:23 AM
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Hold Forum

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Hold Forum

A forum hosted by the Progressive Democrats of America featured five candidates for governor on Saturday. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern moderated the forum. Watch »

Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 at 1:40 PM
Wilson's Plans, Rauner's Vest Dominate the Week

Wilson's Plans, Rauner's Vest Dominate the Week

Could Willie Wilson run for mayor again? What’s with Governor Bruce Rauner’s penchant for vests? NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin break down all those stories and more on this... Watch »

Friday, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:08 PM

Read Rev. Jackson's Full Letter on Parkinson's Diagnosis

Rev. Jesse Jackson's announcement Friday that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease came as a surprise to many, but his diagnosis was apparently not a secret to all. Read »

Friday, Nov 17, 2017 at 6:09 PM

Rev. Jesse Jackson Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he announced Friday. Read »

Friday, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:56 PM

Rev. Jackson Diagnosed With Parkinson's in 2015, Doctors Say

Rev. Jesse Jackson's announcement Friday that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease came as a surprise to many, but his diagnosis was apparently not a secret to all. Read »

Friday, Nov 17, 2017 at 8:39 AM

Preckwinkle to Unveil 2018 Budget Amendment

Preckwinkle to Unveil 2018 Budget Amendment

After warning of "painful cuts" in wake of the demise of Cook County's controversial beverage tax, Board President Toni Preckwinkle is expected to unveil an amendement to the 2018 budget Friday she claims... Read »

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Rauner Changes Tone as He Signs New Harassment Bills

With new revelations and investigations into allegations of sexual harassment seemingly popping up daily in both Springfield and Washington D.C., Governor Bruce Rauner’s responses to questions about his... Read »

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