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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 11:49 AM

Chicago City Council Approves Obama Presidential Center

The Chicago City Council voted Wednesday to approve plans to build the Obama Presidential Center on the city's South Side. Read »

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Madigan Responds to Lawmaker's Claims of Retaliation

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan responded Tuesday to claims that he retaliated against a state lawmaker in his own party, less than a day after she came forward alleging that she was forced to resign from... Read »

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:42 AM

Report Cites Rauner's Office for Improper Hiring

Report Cites Rauner's Office for Improper Hiring

A state inspector on Monday criticized Governor Bruce Rauner's office for improper hiring that violated the same anti-patronage law Rauner blasted his predecessor for skirting. Read »

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:46 PM
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy Says She's Facing Retaliation for Speaking Out

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy Says She's Facing Retaliation for Speaking Out

Democratic State Representative Kelly Cassidy says she was forced to resign from her job in Sheriff Tom Dart's office after speaking out critically about House Speaker Mike Madigan's plans to deal with... Watch »

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:57 PM

Illinois Democrats Grill Rauner Aide on Death Penalty Plan

Democratic legislators grilled a top aide to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday over a compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones... Read »

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:10 PM

Property Tax Assessments Surge During Latest Revaluation

In a small one bedroom apartment in an Uptown building, Margot Wang says her property tax assessment has jumped 50 percent in the latest revaluation. Read »

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:48 PM

State Rep. Says She’s Facing Retaliation From Madigan

An Illinois lawmaker said Monday she was forced out of her job with the Cook County Sheriff's office, given no choice other than to resign from her part-time position after speaking publicly against powerful... Read »

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:21 AM

Jagger Sends Message to Ill. Reps on Equal Rights Amendment

Mick Jagger may know that you can't always get what you want, but when it comes to equal rights for women in Illinois, he's hoping you can. Read »

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:19 AM

Rauner Gets Hearing on Reinstating Death Penalty in Illinois

An Illinois House committee will take up Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to reinstate the death penalty in certain cases. Read »

Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:12 AM

Rauners Moving Back to Illinois Governor's Mansion

Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, say they're moving back into the Illinois Governor's Mansion as renovations wrap up on the historic home. Read »

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