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Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 at 12:42 PM

Staffer for Rep. Rodney Davis Arrested at Campaign Event

Staffer for Rep. Rodney Davis Arrested at Campaign Event

The field director for Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis's re-election campaign has been charged with felony aggravated battery after he allegedly got into a physical altercation at a campaign event for... Read »

Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 at 7:04 AM

Lawyer: Chicago Alderman to Plead Guilty in Corruption Cases

A member of the Chicago City Council is expected to join a long list of city aldermen to be convicted in corruption cases after his attorney told a federal court that he'd plead guilty. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018 at 9:46 PM

Rauner, GOP Candidates Mark 'Governor's Day' at State Fair

The Illinois State Fair features plenty of fried treats and carnival rides, but fairgoers got a big dose of politics on Wednesday as Governor Bruce Rauner and his fellow Republicans celebrated Governor’s Day in... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018 at 6:38 PM
GOP Gathers for Illinois State Fair

GOP Gathers for Illinois State Fair

Republicans gathered at the Illinois State Fair on Wednesday as the November election draws ever closer. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the latest.  Watch »

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018 at 11:42 AM

Governor's Day at State Fair Puts Focus on November Election

Illinois Republicans are converging on Springfield and the Illinois State Fair for Governor's Day. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018 at 6:08 AM

Illinois Manufacturer to Lay Off 150 Workers, Move to Mexico

A storage safe manufacturer is closing two Chicago-area factories and moving operations to Mexico to counteract the effects of metal tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump's administration. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018 at 11:33 PM

Biden Cancels State Fair Speech: Illinois Democrats

Biden Cancels State Fair Speech: Illinois Democrats

Former Vice President Joe Biden will no longer be speaking at the Illinois State Fair, according to the Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018 at 1:32 PM

Madigan Files Suit Against Chicago's Trump Tower

Madigan Files Suit Against Chicago's Trump Tower

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago for allegedly violating environmental laws and “jeopardizing fish and aquatic life in the... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018 at 7:11 AM

Rauner Signs Law Requiring State Jobs Be in Capital

Rauner Signs Law Requiring State Jobs Be in Capital

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring state jobs to be located in the capital city unless there's good reason to put them elsewhere. Read »

Monday, Aug 13, 2018 at 7:34 AM

Obama Foundation Raised Nearly $233M in 2017

The Obama Foundation says it raised nearly $233 million in the first full year of fundraising after President Barack Obama left the White House. Read »

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