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Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018 at 11:21 PM

National Guard Not the Answer to Chicago's Violence: Rauner

After more than 65 people were shot last weekend -- there have been many ideas of what to do differently--and one Democratic state representative says the city needs President Donald Trump more now than ever. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018 at 9:36 PM
Why Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Cardinal McCarrick Were Kept Silent

Why Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Cardinal McCarrick Were Kept Silent

As church leaders consider the next steps following a growing outrage over the revelations the Catholic church quietly settled, there is now a call for an independent review of who knew what and when. Watch »

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018 at 8:31 PM
Rauner, Emanuel React to Suggested National Guard Solution to Violence

Rauner, Emanuel React to Suggested National Guard Solution to Violence

Many ideas of how to combat violence in Chicago have been brought up—the National Guard and Trump among them—after more than 65 people were shot last weekend. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018 at 6:51 AM

New Illinois Ride-Share Law Takes Effect

New Illinois Ride-Share Law Takes Effect

Illinois legislation designed to ensure ride-share drivers undergo adequate background checks is now law. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018 at 8:26 PM
The Politics of Violence in Chicago

The Politics of Violence in Chicago

As Mayor Emanuel looks for answers to the city’s most violent weekend in the span of two years — his former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, now running for mayor, blames City Hall. NBC 5's Mary Watch »

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018 at 11:07 AM

Ivanka Trump to Visit Illinois Wednesday

Ivanka Trump to Visit Illinois Wednesday

First daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump was scheduled to visit Illinois on Wednesday. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018 at 6:33 AM

Supporters Say They're a Step Closer to Chicago Term Limits

Supporters Say They're a Step Closer to Chicago Term Limits

Organizers of a petition drive to impose term limits for Chicago mayors say they have enough signatures to put the question before voters. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2018 at 8:03 PM

Persistent Violence to be Key Issue in Looming Mayoral Race

The violent weekend is drawing a strong reaction from several candidates challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the upcoming election. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Giuliani Backs 'Jerry' McCarthy, Garry McCarthy Fires Back

Rudy Giuliani is apparently putting his support behind Garry McCarthy… or Jerry McCarthy. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2018 at 6:46 AM

Rear-Facing Restraint Now Required for Illinois Infants

Rear-Facing Restraint Now Required for Illinois Infants

Illinois children must ride in rear-facing child-restraint seats in automobiles until age 2 under a law Gov. Bruce Rauner signed. Read »

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