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Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 at 10:12 PM
Life-Changing Program Helps Visually Impaired Find Work

Life-Changing Program Helps Visually Impaired Find Work

Trying to find a job can be a challenge if you're visually impaired, but a local organization is hoping to change that.NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz has more on a life-changing program. Watch »

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 at 10:48 AM

Race for Illinois Governor Continues to Heat Up

The 2018 race for governor continued to heat up Tuesday, with new ads and a campaign fundraiser among the elements of the campaigns that are raising eyebrows. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 at 8:44 AM
After Backlash, Roskam Reacts to Moore Allegations

After Backlash, Roskam Reacts to Moore Allegations

Add Illinois elected officials to the growing number of people who say Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should step down. Republican Congressman Peter Roskam initially avoided the question, but after... Watch »

Monday, Nov 13, 2017 at 11:38 PM
Chicago's Tourism Growth Ahead of Schedule, City Says

Chicago's Tourism Growth Ahead of Schedule, City Says

Encouraging news for Chicago's tourism industry: Mayor Rahm Emanuel had hoped to reach 55 million annual visitors by 2020. But now it looks like the city will reach it's goal - three years early. NBC 5's Sabrina Watch »

Monday, Nov 13, 2017 at 11:22 PM
Ill-Fated Beverage Tax Prompts Fioretti to Run Against Preckwinkle

Ill-Fated Beverage Tax Prompts Fioretti to Run Against Preckwinkle

The contest for Cook County Board president is heating up. Former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti announced that he will run against incumbent Toni Preckwinkle in the Democratic march primary. Watch »

Monday, Nov 13, 2017 at 6:36 AM

Rauners Start Holiday Card Drive for the Military

Rauners Start Holiday Card Drive for the Military

Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner are trying to make sure that members of the military who are serving around the world receive holiday cards from people throughout Illinois. Read »

Monday, Nov 13, 2017 at 11:23 AM

Fioretti to Challenge Preckwinkle for County Board President

Former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti announced Monday his intention to run against Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in the upcoming Democratic primary. Read »

Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Ex-Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Donating Papers to Northwestern

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's donating a portion of his private papers to Northwestern University. Read »

Friday, Nov 10, 2017 at 10:49 PM
Deep Dish: The Latest Illinois Headlines

Deep Dish: The Latest Illinois Headlines

Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss the latest Illinois political headlines. Watch »

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 at 6:06 PM

Reports: Lausch Confirmed as New U.S. Attorney

According to multiple reports, the city of Chicago has its newest United States Attorney. Read »

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