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Deep Dish: The Latest Illinois Headlines

Deep Dish: The Latest Illinois Headlines

Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss the latest Illinois political headlines. Watch »

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 at 6:06 PM

Reports: Lausch Confirmed as New U.S. Attorney

According to multiple reports, the city of Chicago has its newest United States Attorney. Read »

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 at 11:37 PM

Chicago Teams Pushing Back on Amusement Tax Hike

As part of the city of Chicago’s 2018 budget proposal, the amusement tax on tickets sold to concerts at some of the city’s major venues will go up, and sports teams are fighting back. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 at 5:21 PM

Lawmakers Take Part in Sexual Harassment Training Class

At the Illinois State Capitol on Wednesday, lawmakers took part in the first ever sexual harassment training class. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Senate Overrides Rauner's Veto of Cursive Writing Bill

Senate Overrides Rauner's Veto of Cursive Writing Bill

Teachers in Illinois will have one more thing to add to their lesson plans in future years, as the Illinois Senate has overridden Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill mandating that students learn how to write... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 at 6:10 PM

Chance the Rapper Blasts Planned Police Academy

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is planning on building a new $95 million police training academy in the city’s Garfield Park neighborhood, but a prominent musician has added his voice to the wave of criticism... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 at 7:43 AM

Chicago Alderman Proposes Sex Harassment Training

There’s a new push to take on sexual harassment across Illinois. As training was slated to begin Wednesday for lawmakers in Springfield, talks began on introducing a similar plan at Chicago City Council. Read »

Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 at 11:41 AM

Obama Reports to Jury Duty in Chicago, Not Called to Serve

Former President Barack Obama has been busy since he left the Oval Office, but that packed schedule doesn’t mean that he’s immune from doing his civic duty. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017 at 5:24 PM

Illinois Lawmakers Focus on Sex Harassment in Veto Session

Illinois lawmakers returned to Springfield Tuesday for veto session, feeling the heat of sex harassment allegations that were ignored for years. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017 at 8:09 PM

Journalist Accuses Rev. Jesse Jackson of Sexual Harassment

Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson has been accused of sexual harassment by a journalist who says the Chicago community leader grabbed her thigh while making a crude comment. Read »

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