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Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 8:53 AM

City Releases IG Report on Laquan McDonald Shooting

The city of Chicago released the long-secret Inspector General’s report on the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald on Wednesday, making public for the first time hundreds of pages detailing the investigation... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Lawmakers Call for Increased Wages for Waiters, Servers

The fight for higher wages for restaurant workers has been an ongoing battle, and on Tuesday several lawmakers waited tables to help make a big statement. Read »

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 at 6:09 PM

Burke Case Produces 40K Pages of Discovery, So Far

The federal corruption case against 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke has produced 40,000 pages of discovery, attorneys for the prosecution and defense acknowledged in court Tuesday. Both sides appeared before U.S. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 at 10:44 PM

Chicago Wants Public to Weigh in on Legal Marijuana Sales

Chicago officials are holding public meetings for residents to weigh in on the sale of recreational marijuana in the city. A new state law will allow recreational marijuana to be sold to people 21 and... Read »

Monday, Oct 7, 2019 at 6:29 PM

Lightfoot, CTU Point Fingers as Strike Date Nears

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Teachers Union pointed fingers at one another Monday as the clock continued to tick down to a potential teachers strike later this month. Read »

Monday, Oct 7, 2019 at 10:36 AM
Lightfoot on CTU Negotiations: 'The Clock is Ticking'

Lightfoot on CTU Negotiations: 'The Clock is Ticking'

Mayor Lori Lightfoot addresses ongoing negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union with a potential strike just 10 days away.  Watch »

Monday, Oct 7, 2019 at 6:40 AM

Pritzker Spends $850K of His Money to Fix Governor's Mansion

Gov. J.B. Pritzker will spend $850,000 of his own money for continuing renovations to the historic Illinois Governor's Mansion, a move that comes after the billionaire businessman has already spent millions... Read »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 at 5:28 PM
Illinois Rep. Congressman Kinzkinger Reacts to Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Illinois Rep. Congressman Kinzkinger Reacts to Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger is one of the very few Republicans to speak out about the inquiry. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the interview. Watch »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 at 12:38 PM
Lightfoot Addresses CTU Strike Date

Lightfoot Addresses CTU Strike Date

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks after the Chicago Teachers Union announced its strike date.  Watch »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2019 at 4:37 PM

Mayor: Contingency Plans in Place for Possible CTU Strike

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wants to negotiate with the Chicago Teachers Union seven days a week until an agreement is reached as schools across the city brace for a potential strike. Read »

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