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Monday, Jul 30, 2018 at 7:41 AM

US Loses Bid to Have Sanctuary City Lawsuit Tossed Out

A federal judge ruled Friday that the U.S. Justice Department does not have the authority to withhold grants from the city of Chicago because of its policies that provide sanctuary to immigrants. Read »

Saturday, Jul 28, 2018 at 5:17 PM

Gainer Decides Against Chicago Mayoral Run

Gainer Decides Against Chicago Mayoral Run

Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer will not be joining the crowded field trying to unseat Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as she revealed Saturday that she will not run for the office. Read »

Friday, Jul 27, 2018 at 2:38 PM

See the Full Draft Consent Decree Outlining CPD Reforms

City and state officials reached an agreement Friday on a plan outlining far-reaching reforms more than a year after a scathing Justice Department report found civil rights abuses within the Chicago Police... Read »

Friday, Jul 27, 2018 at 6:08 PM

'Different This Time': Officials Reveal Plan on CPD Reforms

Major changes could soon come to the Chicago Police Department as the city reaches an agreement on a plan to carry out far-reaching police reforms more than a year after a scathing Justice Department report. Read »

Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 at 7:29 AM

Rauner Says He Will No Longer Donate to Wilson's Foundation

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will no longer give money to the charitable foundation of a Chicago mayoral candidate. Read »

Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 at 6:37 AM

Deal on Court-Monitored Chicago Police Changes Close

Lawyers have told a federal judge the only outstanding disagreement in talks on a plan for court-monitored police reforms in Chicago is over a proposal that officers file paperwork whenever they point a gun... Read »

Thursday, Jul 26, 2018 at 6:11 PM

Trump Hails Illinois Steel Mill as Economic Success Story

President Donald Trump on Thursday trumpeted the renewed success of an Illinois steel mill, pushing back against criticism that his escalating trade disputes are hurting American workers and farmers. The... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 at 6:44 AM

Illinois Worker in Supreme Court Union Case Joins Think Tank

The Illinois worker behind the lawsuit that led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that eliminated fees paid by nonmembers of public employee unions is joining the group that oversaw his case. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 at 2:45 PM

City Council Approves Renaming Street for Ida B. Wells

A major street in downtown Chicago will soon be called by a new name. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 at 6:21 PM

Rauner Says He Didn't Know About Candidate's Cash Giveaway

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday he didn't know a candidate for Chicago mayor planned to hand out $200,000 to churchgoers at a service where the governor also spoke, a scene that prompted opponents... Read »

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