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Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 at 1:54 PM

2 More Illinois Democrats Call for Impeachment Inquiry

2 More Illinois Democrats Call for Impeachment Inquiry

U.S. Reps. Sean Casten and Jan Schakowsky, both Democrats from Illinois, joined dozens of other lawmakers this week in voicing their support for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Read »

Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 at 10:42 AM
Watch Ald. Austin Leave Home, Refuse Questions After Raid

Watch Ald. Austin Leave Home, Refuse Questions After Raid

Ald. Carrie Austin leaves her home on Chicago's Far South Side, refusing to answer questions from NBC 5's Chris Hush the morning after federal authorities executed a search warrant at her 34th Ward... Watch »

Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 at 7:59 AM

Federal Agents Raid Ald. Carrie Austin’s Ward Office

Federal agents raided Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin's office in the city's 34th Ward Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 6:23 AM

Former Ald. Proco 'Joe' Moreno Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud

A former Chicago alderman charged with lying to police when he reported his car stolen missing has pleaded not guilty. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 7:25 PM
Where Do Illinois Politicians Stand on Trump's 2020 Kickoff?

Where Do Illinois Politicians Stand on Trump's 2020 Kickoff?

As President Trump is set to announce his re-election Tuesday at a rally in Orland, Florida, we asked key GOP leaders to weigh in. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 12:46 PM

Chicago's Only Republican State Lawmaker Resigns

Chicago's Only Republican State Lawmaker Resigns

Chicago's only Republican state lawmaker has resigned after nearly 23 years in office. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 at 6:43 AM

County GOP Condemns Volunteer Who Gave Underwood Nazi Salute

County GOP Condemns Volunteer Who Gave Underwood Nazi Salute

Officials of the Kendall County Republican Party are condemning a party volunteer who allegedly gave a Nazi salute to Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and other Democrats as they passed a parade float the... Read »

Monday, Jun 17, 2019 at 6:20 PM

Cubs Consider Opening Sportsbook at Wrigley Field: Report

The Chicago Cubs are considering opening a sportsbook at Wrigley Field, according to a report from ESPN. Read »

Monday, Jun 17, 2019 at 4:41 PM

Pride Flag Flies Over Illinois State Capitol for 1st Time

A pride flag flew brightly over the Illinois State Capitol this weekend, marking the first time in history the flag has flown above the Springfield building. Read »

Saturday, Jun 15, 2019 at 9:00 PM

Illinois Gas Tax Hikes May Benefit Indiana Gas Stations

Illinois Gas Tax Hikes May Benefit Indiana Gas Stations

Gasoline tax hikes in Illinois will likely send more drivers looking for better prices in Indiana, but it's unclear if a higher levy on cigarettes will have the same effect, industry analysts said. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.
Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.
Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He was the President of the United States. But at heart, Barack Obama is a Chicago politician.
Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.
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