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Friday, Sep 21, 2018 at 7:04 PM

Candidates for Governor Square Off in First TV Forum

The candidates running for Illinois governor squared off in the first televised forum of the general election Thursday, sharing the stage for the first time amid an already contentious and expensive race. Read »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 4:14 PM

Toni Preckwinkle Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

Toni Preckwinkle Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she's running for Chicago mayor. Read »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 2:01 PM

Madigan: 'I Didn't Do Enough' to Combat Sexual Harassment

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says combatting sexual harassment in the Capitol has become a "personal mission" but he wishes he'd acted sooner to "correct past mistakes." Read »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 1:45 PM
Illinois Politics: Biggest Midterm Races

Illinois Politics: Biggest Midterm Races

NBC 5 political editor Carol Marin and political reporter Mary Ann Ahern break down the biggest miderm races you need to know. Watch »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 12:44 PM
16 Gunshots in 14 Seconds are 'Deliberate and Methodical'

16 Gunshots in 14 Seconds are 'Deliberate and Methodical'

Jurors at Jason Van Dyke's trial watched a video Thursday showing an FBI agent shooting 16 shots in 4 seconds. In another video, the agent fired 16 shots in 14.2 seconds -- the same amount of time Van Dyke... Watch »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 11:05 AM

Gery Chico Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

Gery Chico Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

Gery Chico on Thursday became the latest confirmed candidate for Chicago mayor, joining more than a dozen contenders in the wake of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's surprise announcement that he wouldn't seek re-election. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 9:23 PM

Preckwinkle Chief of Staff Forced to Resign After Allegation

Preckwinkle Chief of Staff Forced to Resign After Allegation

On the eve of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s announcement for Chicago mayor, she announced more details on why her chief of staff, John Keller, resigned. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018 at 7:45 PM

First Illinois AG Debate Gets Fiery

A fiery debate erupted from candidates for Illinois attorney general Tuesday as they faced off for the first time. Read »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 8:05 PM

How to Watch the 2018 Race for Illinois Governor Forum Live

The first televised forum of the 2018 race for Illinois governor is almost here - and there are plenty of ways to watch it. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 9:47 AM

Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: Sam McCann

Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: Sam McCann

Republican State Sen. Sam McCann entered the race for governor in April under the Conservative Party label after initially mulling a GOP primary run against incumbent Republican Gov. Read »

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