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Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018 at 6:28 AM

Disgraced Ex-Madigan Aide to Collect $130K

The former chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations will collect $130,500 for unused vacation and sick time, according to documents obtained by The... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018 at 8:28 AM

Retiring Rep. Gutierrez Plans Chicago-to-Puerto Rico Move

Longtime Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez says he'll be moving from Chicago to Puerto Rico after his term in Congress ends early next year. Read »

Monday, Jun 25, 2018 at 10:30 PM
The Topic That Unties Congressmen at Bipartisan Town Hall in Chicago

The Topic That Unties Congressmen at Bipartisan Town Hall in Chicago

At a time when Republicans and Democrats are sometimes barely speaking to one another, two Illinois congressmen held a bipartisan town hall Monday. and while they disagreed over immigration -- they did agree on... Watch »

Monday, Jun 25, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Milwaukee Among Finalists for 2020 Democratic Convention

Milwaukee Among Finalists for 2020 Democratic Convention

Two years from now the political parties will be holding their national conventions and already the Democratic Party has narrowed its 2020 site list to three cities. Read »

Monday, Jun 25, 2018 at 4:12 PM

Trump to Attend Groundbreaking of Wisconsin Foxconn Factory

Trump to Attend Groundbreaking of Wisconsin Foxconn Factory

President Donald Trump will be at the Wisconsin-Illinois border Thursday for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Foxconn factory in Mount Pleasant, the company announced. Read »

Monday, Jun 25, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Rauner Confirms He Will Participate in NBC 5 Gubernatorial Forum

Gov. Bruce Rauner has confirmed he will take part in NBC 5's political forum in September. Read »

Monday, Jun 25, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Senator, Kids Make Cards for Children Separated From Parents

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said he took a page from granddaughters' playbook last week and delivered handwritten notes of encouragement to children taken to a Chicago shelter after being separated from their... Read »

Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 5:58 PM
Take 5: Rauner, Pritzker Exchange Jabs

Take 5: Rauner, Pritzker Exchange Jabs

In this week's Take 5, NBC 5 Political Reporters Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern detail the week in jabs between Governor Bruce Rauner and candidate JB Pritzker, along with all the other juicy political... Watch »

Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 5:48 PM

Amid Turmoil, CDA Reminds Employees Not to Talk to Media

Amid Turmoil, CDA Reminds Employees Not to Talk to Media

As turmoil within Chicago’s Department of Aviation continues to unfold, staffers have been told not to contact the media, according to a new memo obtained by NBC 5 this week. Read »

Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 6:53 PM

CTU President Karen Lewis Retiring

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is retiring just weeks after undergoing brain surgery amid an ongoing battle with cancer. Read »

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