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Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 at 2:26 PM

Who's on Your Ballot in the Illinois Midterm Elections?

Who's on Your Ballot in the Illinois Midterm Elections?

With so many important political races happening across Illinois, it can be tough to keep track of every name on the ballot. That's why we've created a tool to help you learn who your representatives are -... Read »

Monday, Oct 29, 2018 at 6:47 AM

GOP, Democrats Battle for 4 Illinois Congressional Districts

GOP, Democrats Battle for 4 Illinois Congressional Districts

Republican congressmen in four Illinois districts are fighting to keep their seats as Democrats' effort to take control of the House reaches new battlegrounds, including areas the GOP has held for decades. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 at 11:16 AM

Here's Where You Can Vote Early in the Chicago Area

Looking to vote early in Illinois? There are plenty of places to do it. Read »

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 5:22 PM

Mayor Touts Union Station Redevelopment Project

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among the dignitaries at Union Station Sunday as he highlighted redevelopment work being undertaken at the historic transportation hub. Read »

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 at 8:50 PM

Donnelly Embodies Challenge to Red State Democrats

Donnelly Embodies Challenge to Red State Democrats

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly regularly channels President Donald Trump in the closing stretch of the midterm election by bashing socialists, ridiculing the "radical left" and calling for a border wall with Mexico. Read »

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 at 8:40 PM

Trump Rallies Supporters in Downstate Illinois

Saying that “nobody’s going to change” the lives of Americans, President Donald Trump went ahead with a scheduled campaign rally in downstate Illinois, as he looked to drum up support for several Republican... Read »

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 at 6:55 PM
Take 5: Political Races Heat Up as Election Nears

Take 5: Political Races Heat Up as Election Nears

The election is less than two weeks away, and NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin are here to wrap up the week in politics in today's "Take 5."  Watch »

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 at 7:08 PM

Obama Hammers Trump Without Mentioning His Name

Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump's tenure in office in a fiery speech that took aim at him and other Republicans for "making stuff up." Read »

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 at 7:07 PM

Pritzker Campaign Workers Fired Over Charcoal Mask Post

Two employees of J.B. Pritzker’s campaign have been fired after posting a photo on social media showing one of the staffers wearing a charcoal face mask. Read »

Friday, Oct 26, 2018 at 2:12 PM

Dems Try to Retake District Won Over by Trump

Dems Try to Retake District Won Over by Trump

Democrat Brendan Kelly listened as the people crowded inside a Southern Illinois University conference room talked about how trouble at the Carbondale campus has brought trouble for the whole region. Read »

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