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Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 at 12:57 PM

IG Report Finds Madigan Aide Violated Harassment Provisions

A newly released legislative inspector general's report has concluded that Kevin Quinn, a former top aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, did sexually harass former political consultant Alaina Hampton... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 at 10:24 PM

CTU Announces Strike Date If Agreement Not Reached

The Chicago Teachers Union announced Wednesday teachers will go on strike on Oct. 17 if a deal cannot be reached. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 at 7:07 AM

Negotiations to Resume as Chicago Schools Brace for Strike

Negotiations are slated to resume Tuesday as Chicago schools brace for a potential teachers strike. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 at 7:02 AM

CPS Staff, Park District Workers to Deliver Strike Notices

Chicago Public Schools staff and Chicago Park District workers are expected to delivery strike notices to Mayor Lori Lightfoot Tuesday. Read »

Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 at 5:26 PM

Obamas to Speak in Chicago About Presidential Center

Obamas to Speak in Chicago About Presidential Center

Barack and Michelle Obama will speak next month at a summit in Chicago focused on the vision for the Obama Presidential Center. Read »

Friday, Sep 27, 2019 at 6:29 PM
Take 5: The Week That Was in Chicago Politics

Take 5: The Week That Was in Chicago Politics

NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have all the news you need to know for this week's Take 5 on Politics. Watch »

Friday, Sep 27, 2019 at 8:12 PM

What's Next After Chicago Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike?

One day after Chicago Teachers Union members anounced they voted to authorize a strike, union leaders began bargaining sessions with the Chicago Board of Education in an effort to keep teachers from walking off... Read »

Friday, Sep 27, 2019 at 7:47 AM

Chicago Teachers Union Members Vote to Authorize Strike

Chicago Teachers Union members have voted to authorize a strike, union leaders announced Thursday night, setting the stage for more than 25,000 teachers and staff to walk off the job in the nation's... Read »

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 8:50 PM

Lightfoot Joins Protesters Outside ICE Press Conference

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined protesters upset about a recent raids executed in Chicago as they gathered outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement press conference Thursday. Read »

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 2:21 PM
Mayor Lightfoot Joins Protest Outside ICE Press Conference

Mayor Lightfoot Joins Protest Outside ICE Press Conference

Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined protesters who gathered outside a press conference involving the new Chicago field office director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) "enforcement and removal... Watch »

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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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