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Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 at 10:22 AM

These are the Questions on Chicago-Area Voters' Ballots

These are the Questions on Chicago-Area Voters' Ballots

In addition to voting for their candidates of choice, Illinois residents will have a chance to weigh in on various referendum questions using their ballots on Nov. 6. Read »

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Judge Denies Madigan's Motion to Dismiss Harassment Lawsuit

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request from attorneys for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former staffer alleging that the powerful lawmaker's political committees... Read »

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 at 9:19 AM

Kanye West Gives Another $126K to Chicago Mayoral Candidate

Kanye West Gives Another $126K to Chicago Mayoral Candidate

One day after Kanye West tweeted he's "distancing" himself from politics, Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia reported a $126,460 donation from the rapper to her campaign fund, Illinois State Board of... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 3:39 PM

53 County Precincts Change Polling Places

53 County Precincts Change Polling Places

Voters in 53 Cook County precincts will be voting in a new location during the upcoming midterm elections, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 6:54 PM

City Council Unanimously Approves Agreement on Obama Library

The Obama Presidential Center and Museum cleared its final hurdle in Chicago’s City Council Wednesday as officials unanimously passed the last step in the city’s approval process for the highly-anticipated... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 12:05 PM

State Rep. La Shawn Ford Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

State Rep. La Shawn Ford Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

State Rep. La Shawn Ford announced Wednesday that he is officially running for Chicago mayor. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 10:47 AM

Obama to Campaign for Democrats in Chicago Sunday

Obama to Campaign for Democrats in Chicago Sunday

Former President Barack Obama is headed back to his hometown Sunday to help rally voters for Democratic candidates. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Obama Visiting Indiana for Rally Between Trump's Twin Visits

Obama Visiting Indiana for Rally Between Trump's Twin Visits

Indiana Democrats are bringing in former President Barack Obama to counter the campaigning by President Donald Trump in the state's contentious U.S. Senate race. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 6:23 PM

Biden Campaigns for Democratic Candidates Across Illinois

Former Vice President Joe Biden made a pair of stops on a visit to Illinois Wednesday to campaign for several Democratic candidates across the state. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 6:57 AM

Suburban Cook County Breaks Early Voting Record for Midterms

Suburban Cook County has set a new record for the number of early ballots cast in a midterm election, with six more days of early voting to go. Read »

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