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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Obama Presidential Center to Open Library Branch

The new Obama Presidential Center in the city’s Jackson Park neighborhood will feature a Chicago Public Library branch, the city announced Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 9:22 AM

Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas to Kick off Mayoral Campaign

Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas to Kick off Mayoral Campaign

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas was slated to kick off his campaign for Chicago mayor on Wednesday. Read »

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:42 PM
Aviation Official Bullies, Threatens Workers: Complaints

Aviation Official Bullies, Threatens Workers: Complaints

A high ranking city official is facing five employee complaints, which were filed internally against him for abusive behavior. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:43 PM

Aviation Official Bullies, Threatens Workers: Complaints

A high ranking city official is facing five employee complaints against him for abusive behavior. Read »

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9:13 AM

Long Lines for CityKey as Critics Question Mayor's Motive

A big crowd arrived Monday as dozens lined up to be among the first to receive Chicago’s new CityKey I.D. Read »

Sunday, Apr 29, 2018 at 3:40 PM

VA Director Steps Down Amid Legionnaires' Controversy

Gov. Bruce Rauner's director of veterans' affairs is stepping down amid controversy over the department's handling of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a veterans home. Read »

Friday, Apr 27, 2018 at 6:41 PM
Kanye, Trump Highlight Fascinating Political Week

Kanye, Trump Highlight Fascinating Political Week

Pop culture and the presidency meet as Kanye West and President Donald Trump become two peas in a pod. NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin break it all down in this week's Take 5 on... Watch »

Friday, Apr 27, 2018 at 1:43 PM

Suburb Denied Access to $1.4 Million in Tax Revenues

Officials in a Chicago suburb won't have access anytime soon to more than $1.4 million in tax revenues the state is withholding over pension funding failures. Read »

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Chicago Launches New 'CityKey' Municipal ID Program

The City of Chicago launched a new program Thursday to allow all city residents to obtain a municipal identification card. Read »

Thursday, Apr 26, 2018 at 6:15 AM

Illinois Senate OKs Raising Smoking Age to 21

Illinois Senate OKs Raising Smoking Age to 21

The Illinois Senate has voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. Read »

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