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Friday, Jun 14, 2019 at 6:52 PM
Take 5: The Week That Was in Illinois Politics

Take 5: The Week That Was in Illinois 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, Jun 14, 2019 at 7:08 PM

Lightfoot Heading to NYC, Will Appear on Colbert's Late Show

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is headed to New York City this weekend for her second big trip out of town during her first month in office. Read »

Thursday, Jun 13, 2019 at 8:26 PM

Chicago Partners With Firm to Overhaul Workers Comp

An outside firm will take over day-to-day operations of the city of Chicago's $100 million workers compensation program, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced, calling the system run by Ald. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 at 4:47 PM

Pritzker Signs Expansion of Abortion Rights Into Law

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was expected to sign into law Wednesday legislation expanding abortion rights across the state. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 at 6:16 PM

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Dines With Oprah Winfrey

Just after her election, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke with the president. Now, she's dining with Chicago royalty. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 at 6:40 PM

Judge Rules for City in Lawsuit Over Obama Center

A judge has ruled against a parks-advocacy group's lawsuit aiming to stop former President Barack Obama's museum and library from being built in Chicago's Jackson Park, allowing construction of the center... Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2019 at 5:45 PM
Chicago to Partner With Businesses in New Crime-Fighting Strategy

Chicago to Partner With Businesses in New Crime-Fighting Strategy

Chicago police and Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled a new crime-fighting plan to build a stronger relationship with business owners and officials. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Monday, Jun 10, 2019 at 12:36 PM

Theo Epstein Says He's OK With Trump Fundraiser at Wrigley

Theo Epstein Says He's OK With Trump Fundraiser at Wrigley

Theo Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations, gave a very diplomatic answer Friday when asked his thoughts on members of the Ricketts family's use of Wrigley Field as part of donor retreat for... Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2019 at 6:58 AM

Illinois Dispensaries Prepare for Recreational Marijuana

Illinois dispensaries are staffing up and remodeling in preparation for the legalization of recreational marijuana. Read »

Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 at 4:45 PM

Port of Chicago Wants More Funds to Fix Aging Infrastructure

Port of Chicago Wants More Funds to Fix Aging Infrastructure

The inclusion of $35 million in funding for state port districts in Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's budget is "awesome" but more money will be needed to repair the Port of Chicago's aging infrastructure, a... 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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