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Monday, Nov 5, 2018 at 10:39 PM

Early Voting Sees Lengthy Lines Ahead of Election Day

Voters stood in line as long as two to three hours in the Chicago area Monday night to cast their ballots. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2018 at 6:44 PM

Hultgren Launches 11th Hour Attack on Underwood

A last minute attack was launched Monday in a close race for congress in the suburbs just one day before Election Day. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2018 at 10:35 PM

Candidates Give Last Push Before Election Day in Illinois

The first Republican governor in 12 years--Bruce Rauner--is feeling the pressure Monday night as polls indicate Democrat JB Pritzker is holding a sizable lead. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2018 at 7:12 PM

Here's How Much Rauner and Pritzker Spent on Their Campaigns

Democrat J.B. Pritzker has spent $171 million of his wealth to try and become governor. Bruce Rauner, following his first election, has spent close to $70 million of his own money. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2018 at 4:16 PM

Rauner, Pritzker Make Final Appearances As Polls Predict Winner

Rauner, Pritzker Make Final Appearances As Polls Predict Winner

As the clock ticks down to Election Day in Illinois, polls indicated the state's first Republican governor in 12 years is feeling pressure from Democrat J.B. Pritzker. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2018 at 7:40 AM
Candidates to Begin Final Push Ahead of Election

Candidates to Begin Final Push Ahead of Election

Candidates in Illinois have busy schedules ahead as they begin their final push before Election Day. Sandra Torres reports.  Watch »

Monday, Nov 5, 2018 at 5:58 PM

Chicago Voters Set Records With One Day Until Election Day

With just one day until Election Day, Chicago voters have already set records. Read »

Friday, Nov 2, 2018 at 6:40 PM
Take 5: Election Day Draws Ever Closer

Take 5: Election Day Draws Ever Closer

Election Day is right around the corner, and NBC 5's Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern have the latest political news.  Watch »

Friday, Nov 2, 2018 at 6:24 PM

Mendoza Mayoral Announcement Video Surfaces Before Midterms

Just days before Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is slated to be on the ballot for a second term, a new campaign ad surfaced Friday showing her announcing a run for Chicago mayor, but her team insisted... Read »

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 at 6:01 PM

Voters Pack Polls as Casten-Roskam Race Heats Up

The battle between Republican Representative Peter Roskam and Democratic challenger Sean Casten is becoming increasingly heated in the election’s final days, and interest in early voting in the race reflects the... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
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.
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He was the President of the United States. But at heart, Barack Obama is a Chicago politician.
Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.
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