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Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 6:25 AM

Governor's Race Spending Could Have a Negative Impact

More than $79 million has been spent since January by candidates Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker in the Illinois governor’s race. The spending orgy though could leave the November winner hurting for political... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Bill Taking Illinois Out of Voter Registration System Vetoed

Bill Taking Illinois Out of Voter Registration System Vetoed

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill that would end the state's participation in a multistate voter registration system critics say is inaccurate and vulnerable to hackers. Read »

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 »

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