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Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 at 10:10 AM
Roskam, Casten Speak About Tight Election Fight

Roskam, Casten Speak About Tight Election Fight

After more than a decade representing a reliably Republican suburban Chicago district, Rep. Peter Roskam is suddenly among the most endangered House Republicans seeking re-election. Watch »

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 at 10:07 AM

Full Interviews: Roskam, Casten Discuss Upcoming Election

Full Interviews: Roskam, Casten Discuss Upcoming Election

Congressman Peter Roskam is fighting the political battle of his career against Democratic challenger Sean Casten, and both men spoke to NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern about their race. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 5:52 PM
Take 5 on Politics: Elections Come Down to the Wire

Take 5 on Politics: Elections Come Down to the Wire

Things always get crazy in the final weeks of an election, and NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have the latest details on a wild week in Illinois politics. Watch »

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 5:07 PM

Former Pritzker Staffers Address Discrimination Allegations

Just days after 10 former staffers for Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker filed a lawsuit alleging a cesspool of racism in the campaign, three more former staffers are speaking out about their... Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 6:04 PM

Politician's Fake Parking Tickets Draw Mixed Reaction

A controversial campaign stunt in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood is drawing mixed reactions from area residents. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 6:12 PM

Sessions Blasts Chicago Consent Decree as 'Un-Democratic'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called Chicago’s new proposed consent decree “insulting,” and said that the federal court order that led to it “unjustified” in a speech Friday afternoon. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 12:15 PM

Roskam Dealing With Toughest Election Fight of His Life

Roskam Dealing With Toughest Election Fight of His Life

On primary Election Day in 2006, Margaret Prowell went to the polling place down the road from her new suburban Chicago home and asked for a Democratic ballot. The election judges were taken aback. Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 at 6:49 AM

Sessions Bound for Chicago to Speak to Anti-Crime Group

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will deliver a speech in Chicago on the heels of a Trump administration decision to oppose a proposed plan to overhaul Chicago police under close court supervision. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 10:55 AM

More Pritzker Staffers Allege 'Demeaning' Discrimination

In the wake of a lawsuit filed by former J.B. Pritzker campaign staffers alleging racial discrimination and harassment, Pritzker and his running mate, Juliana Stratton, said no one voiced concerns to them... Read »

Monday, Oct 29, 2018 at 10:19 AM

On the Issues: Candidates for Governor Answer 11 Questions

On the Issues: Candidates for Governor Answer 11 Questions

To help cut through the noise, we asked all four candidates for Illinois governor 11 of the most important questions to help inform voters on who they are and where they stand on certain issues facing Illinois. Read »

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