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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 12:48 PM

Lori Lightfoot to Announce Run for Chicago Mayor

Lori Lightfoot will announce her run for Chicago mayor Thursday, her campaign said in a statement, putting an end to months of speculation on whether the police reformer would take on incumbent Mayor Rahm... Read »

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 10:24 AM

Rauner Urges Democrats' Agreement on Revenue for Budget

Rauner Urges Democrats' Agreement on Revenue for Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Republican leaders of the Legislature said Tuesday that Democrats are moving too slowly on budget negotiations ahead of the General Assembly's May 31 scheduled adjournment. Read »

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:34 PM
Lori Lightfoot Replacement Named

Lori Lightfoot Replacement Named

Mayor Emanuel wastes no time nominating the new head of the Chicago Police Board. Less than 24 hours after Lori Lightfoot resigned, the mayor designated Ghian Foreman to serve as president. Watch »

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7:12 PM
Chicago's Mayoral Race Becomes Swirl of New, Familiar Names

Chicago's Mayoral Race Becomes Swirl of New, Familiar Names

Police reformer Lori Lightfoot is one of a handful of potential new candidates entering an already crowded field of challengers. All while Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been busy raising campaign cash. NBC 5's Mary Ann Watch »

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7:12 PM

New, Familiar Names Swirl in Chicago's Mayoral Race

Developments in Chicago's mayoral race --- not just police reformer Lori Lightfoot -- who is about announce her campaign later this week -- but Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer and Chris Kennedy's running... Read »

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:14 AM

Indiana Voters Sort Out 'Dante's Inferno' GOP Senate Primary

Indiana Voters Sort Out 'Dante's Inferno' GOP Senate Primary

Republican voters in Indiana will pick a nominee Tuesday to challenge one of the nation's most vulnerable Democratic senators, wrapping up a GOP primary so dominated by animosity and personal attacks that... Read »

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:49 PM
Jessica Gutierrez Launches Campaign for Chicago Alderman

Jessica Gutierrez Launches Campaign for Chicago Alderman

The race for alderman in the 30th Ward will make Mayor Rahm Emanuel choose between a loyal alderman and a longtime friend's daughter. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 3:34 PM

Lori Lightfoot Resigns From Chicago Police Board

Lori Lightfoot Resigns From Chicago Police Board

Lori Lightfoot has resigned as head of the Chicago Police Board, the board confirmed Monday. Read »

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 12:55 PM

Republicans Look to Secure Dominance on Indiana Primary Day

Republicans Look to Secure Dominance on Indiana Primary Day

The election Tuesday in Indiana will mark an end to a nasty U.S. Senate primary, where three Republicans vie for a chance to unseat what many consider a vulnerable Democratic incumbent in U.S. Read »

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Jessica Gutierrez Launches Campaign for Chicago Alderman

Outgoing Rep. Luis Gutierrez's daughter Jessica launched her campaign for Chicago alderman Monday, touting her credentials as a progressive organizer in an effort to unseat Ald. Ariel Reboyras. Read »

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