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Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Hastert Could Soon Face Questions About Payoffs

Hastert Could Soon Face Questions About Payoffs

A date is looming where disgraced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert will be forced to sit for questioning by lawyers representing the man who revealed his secret past. Read »

Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 at 1:28 AM

'I Will Be in Charge,' Pritzker Says as Senators Endorse Him

Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker picked up two huge endorsements on Friday, as Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth both added their support to his campaign. Read »

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 6:22 PM

Rep. Lipinski, Newman Race Drawing National Attention

The race in Illinois’ 3rd District may not have the attention of the race to replace Luis Gutierrez, but a challenger to Rep. Dan Lipinski could change that. Read »

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Kennedy Calls for Berrios' Resignation Following Report

Kennedy Calls for Berrios' Resignation Following Report

After a scathing article accusing Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios of failing to properly assess thousands of properties, Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy is calling for his resignation. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Durbin, Duckworth Among Those Calling for Franken to Resign

Sen. Dick Durbin is among a number of Senate Democrats calling on Al Franken to step down as he denies a new sexual misconduct accusation. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 at 8:14 PM

Lawmakers Ask High Court to Hear Blagojevich Case

A group of current and former Illinois lawmakers, including congressmen Luis Gutierrez, Bobby Rush, Jan Schakowsky, Danny Davis, and Mike Quigley, have asked the United States Supreme Court to take up the... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 at 5:43 PM

Rauner Attacks Pritzker in Battle of the Billionaires

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner launched a feisty new attack on Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker Tuesday in an escalating battle of the billionaires. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 at 7:55 AM

Challengers File Petitions for Governor, Secretary of State

Gov. Bruce Rauner officially has a primary challenger with Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives filing candidate petitions on deadline day. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 at 6:18 PM

Obama: Cities, States Are New Climate Change Leaders

Former President Barack Obama says cities, states and nonprofit groups have emerged as “the new face of leadership” on climate change. He briefly spoke Tuesday to a summit of mayors from around the world... Read »

Monday, Dec 4, 2017 at 10:17 PM
Monday Key Deadline For Contested Races in Illinois

Monday Key Deadline For Contested Races in Illinois

Monday was a key deadline for several other contested races. NBC 5's political reporter Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

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Scott Walker

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Bruce Rauner

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Michael Madigan

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