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Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 6:30 AM

3rd New Case of Legionnaires at Veterans Home Where 13 Died

A third new case of Legionnaires' disease has been reported this week in a resident at a western Illinois veterans' home where the illness has been linked to the deaths of 13 people since 2015 and sickened... Read »

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018 at 8:27 PM

Woman Accusing Madigan Aide of Harassment Claims Retaliation

The woman who accused a high-ranking political aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan of sexual harassment said Wednesday that she is being targeted in retaliation for speaking out. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 at 4:49 PM

Rauner's Budget Calls For Reduced Spending, Pension Reform

Rauner's Budget Calls For Reduced Spending, Pension Reform

Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget proposal promised massive tax breaks in exchange for pension reform. The proposal drew sharp criticism from opponents. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Petitions to Save Downstate Gov. Race Debate Gather Steam

Petition drives by two Democratic candidates for Illinois governor to salvage a televised downstate debate garnered thousands of signatures by Wednesday, increasing pressure on a third to agree to... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 at 1:11 PM

Read the Texts in Harassment Claim Against Ex-Madigan Aide

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Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 at 1:16 PM

Woman Who Accused Ex-Madigan Aide of Harassment Speaks Out

The woman who accused a high-ranking political aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan of sexual harassment came forward Tuesday to share her side of the story, refuting the powerful Democrat's account of... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 at 6:18 AM

2 More Legionnaires' Disease Cases Found at Veterans Home

Officials say there are two more laboratory-confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease among residents of a veterans' home in western Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018 at 9:24 AM

New Kennedy Radio Ad Attacks Pritzker FBI Tapes

Democratic candidate for Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker apologized for his controversial comments on race Tuesday as fallout continues after recordings of a conversation with disgraced former Gov. Read »

Monday, Feb 12, 2018 at 10:20 PM

Woman Who Accused Madigan Staffer to Speak Out Tuesday

Woman Who Accused Madigan Staffer to Speak Out Tuesday

The woman at the center of sexual harassment allegations against a high-ranking political aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that she refutes the powerful Democrat's account of his... Read »

Monday, Feb 12, 2018 at 9:38 PM

Pritzker Staffer Speaks Out on Quitting Campaign Role Following Scandal

A former JB Pritzker staffer speaks out on why she quit the campaign after the wiretapped phone calls with Rod Blagojevich became public. Read »

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NBC Chicago's award winning politics blog takes a critical look at Illinois' top influence-peddlers, using a mix of news and commentary designed to keep this state's notoriously corruptible politicians honest and accountable.
Who We're Covering
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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