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Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 at 9:26 AM
Amara Enyia Discusses Run for Chicago Mayor

Amara Enyia Discusses Run for Chicago Mayor

Amara Enyia appears on NBC 5 to discuss her campaign and what she would do for Chicago if she won the February election for mayor.  Watch »

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 at 6:30 AM

Chicago Alderman Set to Change Plea in Federal Bribery Case

A prominent Chicago alderman who pleaded not guilty earlier to corruption charges is scheduled to change his plea. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 at 6:22 PM

Pritzker Announces Educational Success Transition Committee

Governor-elect JB Pritzker has assembled a team to tackle education issues across the state, he announced Tuesday morning, dubbing it the Educational Success Transition Committee. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 at 12:31 PM

These Are the Candidates Who Filed to Run for Chicago Mayor

Twenty-one people filed petitions with the Chicago Board of Elections to run for mayor, city officials said - making for a crowded field of candidates looking to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 at 10:37 AM

Marijuana Will Be Legal in Michigan on Dec. 6

Marijuana Will Be Legal in Michigan on Dec. 6

Marijuana will be legal in Michigan beginning Dec. 6, 10 days after the 2018 election results were officially certified. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Focus on House in Illinois Legislative Session's Final Days

Focus on House in Illinois Legislative Session's Final Days

The Illinois General Assembly convenes Tuesday for the final three days of its fall legislative session. Read »

Monday, Nov 26, 2018 at 6:17 PM

Deadline Reached for Mayoral Candidates to File Petitions

Monday marked the deadline for candidates for mayor of Chicago to file their petitions, finalizing the paperwork needed to ensure their campaign. Read »

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 at 7:27 PM

City Defends Location of Obama Library in Federal Court

City Defends Location of Obama Library in Federal Court

The city of Chicago has offered its first full-throated response to a lawsuit seeking to stop construction of former President Barack Obama's museum and library. Read »

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 at 5:55 PM

Solis Announces Retirement From Chicago City Council

After more than 20 years in office, 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis has announced his retirement from his position. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018 at 8:53 PM

Illinois Pols Rally Around Pelosi For Speaker

While members of Congress are back home in their districts, the lobbying continues for Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House. Read »

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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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