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Monday, Jan 14, 2019 at 6:20 PM

Read JB Pritzker's Full Inauguration Speech

Gov. J.B. Pritzker was officially inaugurated as Illinois' 43rd governor on Monday. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 at 12:41 PM

Pritzker Sworn in as 43rd Governor of Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker was officially inaugurated as Illinois' 43rd governor on Monday, delivering an address that highlighted his campaign promises, subtly jabbed at his predecessor and painted a soaring picture of... Read »

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019 at 10:14 PM

Rumors: Pritzker Lands Big Star for Inaugural Party

Rumors: Pritzker Lands Big Star for Inaugural Party

Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker has been playing things very close to the vest when it comes to the entertainment at his Inaugural Celebration this week in Springfield, and there could be a really good... Read »

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019 at 10:41 PM

J.B. Pritzker Set to Take Oath of Office Monday

Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker will officially take the oath of office Monday, capping off a whirlwind few days that have led to his inauguration. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 at 11:14 AM

Pritzker's Inaugural Party Entertainment Still Uncertain

Pritzker's Inaugural Party Entertainment Still Uncertain

Hours before Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's inauguration celebration party, it remained unclear which musical act would headline the event. Read »

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019 at 7:18 PM
Rauner, Pritzker Speak Ahead of Inauguration Day

Rauner, Pritzker Speak Ahead of Inauguration Day

Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner spoke fondly of their time in office on Sunday, including about the restoration of the Illinois governor’s mansion, and incoming Governor JB... Watch »

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019 at 5:20 PM

In Wake of Burke Charges, Emanuel Proposes Reforms

In Wake of Burke Charges, Emanuel Proposes Reforms

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing far-reaching ethics reforms for the City Council in the wake of a federal attempted-extortion charge filed this month against a powerful alderman. Read »

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019 at 7:19 PM

Full Video: J.B. Pritzker Discusses His Agenda as Governor

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker will be sworn in on Monday, and before he took office, he spoke to NBC 5 Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern. Read »

Saturday, Jan 12, 2019 at 5:06 PM

LaShawn Ford to Remain on Mayoral Ballot

Another Chicago mayoral candidate will remain on the ballot, after the Chicago Board of Elections ruled that State Rep. LaShawn Ford was eligible for the February election. Read »

Friday, Jan 11, 2019 at 10:36 PM

Preckwinkle Faces Criticism Over McDonald Campaign Ad

Thursday’s Chicago mayoral forum may not have had Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in attendance, but she was the target of plenty of criticism over her newest campaign ad. Read »

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