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Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018 at 6:57 PM

ALS Patient, Activist Ady Barkan Lobbies for Health Care

The 35-year-old activist whose dying wish is to lobby for health care, stopped by Chicago as part of his planned tour across the country to voice his concerns. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018 at 7:08 PM

Activist Holmes Supports Former Top Cop McCarthy For Mayor

A surprise endorsement in the race for Mayor of Chicago was announced Tuesday. Read »

Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 6:23 PM

Rauner Signs Gun Order of Protection, Waiting Period Laws

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing courts to take weapons away from people who pose a threat of violence to themselves or others. Read »

Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 10:46 AM

A Look at the Governor's Mansion Before Its Renovation

After "years of neglect," the Illinois Governor's Mansion got a massive $15 million renovation that took more than two years to complete. Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the private residence...View gallery »

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Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 10:42 AM

Fact Check: No Proof Rauner Profits Off Family Separation

A new television campaign ad accuses Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican seeking another term in November, of profiting off President Donald Trump's since abandoned "zero tolerance" border policy of... Read »

Monday, Jul 16, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Schock's Corruption Trial Now Set to Begin in January

A Jan. 28 trial date has been set for former Illinois Republican Congressman Aaron Schock's trial on corruption charges, including that he illegally sought reimbursement for a $5,000 chandelier. Read »

Saturday, Jul 14, 2018 at 4:37 PM

Trial Date Set in Aaron Schock Corruption Case

Trial Date Set in Aaron Schock Corruption Case

A Jan. 28 trial date has been set for former Illinois Republican Congressman Aaron Schock's trial on corruption charges, including that he illegally sought reimbursement for a $5,000 chandelier. Read »

Friday, Jul 13, 2018 at 6:52 PM
Take 5: War Chest Battle Heats Up in Governor's Race

Take 5: War Chest Battle Heats Up in Governor's Race

In this week’s Take 5 on Politics, NBC 5 Political Reporters Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss Mayor Rahm Emanuel FINALLY launching a campaign website, and the war chests of Illinois&rsquo... Watch »

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 at 1:57 PM

Obama Reveals Summer Reading List

Former President Barack Obama is heading to Africa this week to visit Kenya and South Africa, but before he departs he’s sharing his summer reading recommendations. Read »

Friday, Jul 13, 2018 at 8:14 AM

VP Mike Pence Coming to Chicago

VP Mike Pence Coming to Chicago

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Chicago to participate in an event with Representative Peter Roskam on Friday. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.
Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.
Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He was the President of the United States. But at heart, Barack Obama is a Chicago politician.
Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.
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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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