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Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 at 4:59 PM

Judge Sets Date for Jury Trial for Ex-House Speaker Hastert

Disgraced former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will face a jury trial in May as part of a lawsuit from a former student seeking the hush money he said he was promised following alleged sexual abuse from... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 at 2:01 PM

Ex-Ill. Lawmaker Accused in Sex-Photo Scandal Indicted

A former Illinois lawmaker was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday over accusations he disseminated private sexual images of two victims, according to officials. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 at 5:58 PM

New Session of Illinois Legislature Underway

The new session of the Illinois Legislature is underway with the largest percentage of Democratic lawmakers serving in Springfield in more than five decades. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 at 7:39 AM

Illinois Reps. React to Trump Speech on Wall, Shutdown

Democrats in Illinois' Congressional delegation rebuked President Trump's Tuesday night speech, while some Republicans offered support for his efforts. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019 at 8:53 PM

Madigan Thanks House for Work in 'Epic Struggle' Over Budget

The Illinois House wrapped up its two-year session Tuesday with legislation to help the incoming governor, with House Speaker Michael Madigan praising lawmakers for persevering in an "epic struggle" over... Read »

Monday, Jan 7, 2019 at 8:21 PM

Candidates Demand Burke Step Down Amid Corruption Case

The heat is on all of the mayoral candidates with ties to Ald. Ed Burke in light of a federal criminal investigation. Read »

Monday, Jan 7, 2019 at 1:46 PM

Preckwinkle-Backed Activist Appointed to Raoul's Senate Seat

Preckwinkle-Backed Activist Appointed to Raoul's Senate Seat

A political consultant and activist backed by Toni Preckwinkle has been appointed to fill the Illinois Senate seat vacated by Attorney General-elect Kwame Raoul. Read »

Monday, Jan 7, 2019 at 12:13 PM

Lang Resigns From Ill. House, Days Before Start of 17th Term

Lang Resigns From Ill. House, Days Before Start of 17th Term

Longtime state Rep. Lou Lang resigned from the Illinois House on Monday, days before he was slated to be sworn in for a 17th term. Read »

Sunday, Jan 6, 2019 at 8:21 PM

Preckwinkle Calls for Burke's Resignation

Preckwinkle Calls for Burke's Resignation

Cook County Board President and Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle issued a statement strongly denouncing Alderman Ed Burke on Sunday night, calling on the embattled official to resign his office. Read »

Saturday, Jan 5, 2019 at 5:08 PM

Illinois Dems Set to Take Control of State Government

Illinois Dems Set to Take Control of State Government

The Illinois General Assembly convenes next week, ushering in the Prairie State's third century with historic numbers of Democrats running the show and pent-up demand for action. Read »

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