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Friday, Nov 3, 2017 at 2:44 PM

Emanuel Offers Support to DNAinfo Employees

Emanuel Offers Support to DNAinfo Employees

After DNAinfo and Chicagoist were shuttered, reporters found that their entire digital archive at the publications had been wiped from the internet. On Friday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered to help. Read »

Friday, Nov 3, 2017 at 7:19 PM

Cook County Dems Endorse Raoul in A.G. Race

After meeting with candidates that will be vying to replace Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan next year, Cook County Democrats offered their endorsement of State Sen. Kwame Raoul on Friday. Read »

Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Lack of Inspector General Leaves Complaints Uninvestigated

As allegations of misconduct against Illinois lawmakers continue to emerge, a new revelation indicates some of those claims may escape not only penalty, but even an investigation. Read »

Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 at 11:55 PM

Chicago Ald. Cochran Collapses During Hearing at City Hall

Chicago Ald. Cochran Collapses During Hearing at City Hall

Alderman Willie Cochran collapsed during a hearing at City Hall Thursday morning. Read »

Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Blagojevich Goes Back to the Supreme Court

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich filed a petition Thursday with the United States Supreme Court, challenging the conviction on which he is currently serving a 14 year sentence in a federal prison. Read »

Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 at 8:17 AM

Democratic Candidate Biss Releases New Digital Ad

A new digital ad in the Democratic governor's campaign pokes fun at the wealthy candidates in the race called "Big Spending Billionaire Syndrome." Read »

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017 at 5:32 PM

Silverstein Resigns From Chair Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

Illinois Sen. Ira Silverstein resigned from the Senate Democratic leadership team Wednesday, the Senate president said, amid allegations of sexual harassment against the now former senator. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017 at 6:26 PM

Obama, Concert Highlight 2nd Day of Foundation Summit

The first ever Obama Foundation Summit is still going on in Chicago, and former First Lady Michelle Obama offered insights into what it’s been like to move from her South Side comfort zone and onto the... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 at 11:15 PM

Surprise! Michelle Obama, Prince Harry Visit Chicago School

Former first lady Michelle Obama and Prince Harry gave a group of Chicago students a major Halloween surprise, stopping by a school on the city’s South Side Tuesday afternoon. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 at 10:58 PM

Prince Harry Speaks at Obama Summit in Chicago

Prince Harry has made a stop in Chicago to talk about youth leadership during a summit planned by the Obama Foundation. Read »

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