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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 »

Monday, Jul 23, 2018 at 6:37 PM

Ald. Ricardo Munoz Won’t Seek Re-Election

Ald. Ricardo Munoz will not run for reelection he said Monday but the long-serving member of the Chicago City Council tantalizingly opened the door to running for mayor in five years Read »

Monday, Jul 23, 2018 at 11:20 AM

President Trump Traveling to Illinois This Week

President Trump Traveling to Illinois This Week

President Donald Trump will be visiting an Illinois steel mill that is boosting production as he faces opposition to his imposition of tariffs in international trade disputes. Read »

Friday, Jul 20, 2018 at 6:11 PM
Take 5: Governor's Race Takes Center Stage

Take 5: Governor's Race Takes Center Stage

Who will run for president in 2020? Will JB Pritzker oust Bruce Rauner? Those questions are on everyone's mind, and NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin are here to break it all down in this... Watch »

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 8:20 PM
Mothers Who Lost Children to Gun Violence Speak to Pritzker

Mothers Who Lost Children to Gun Violence Speak to Pritzker

Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker spoke with women whose children have been killed in gun violence, and the candidate offered his proposed solutions on how to deal with the problem. NBC 5's Mary Ann Watch »

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