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Monday, Jan 8, 2018 at 7:51 AM

Democratic Attorney General Candidates to Face Off at Forum

Democratic Attorney General Candidates to Face Off at Forum

Illinois attorney general candidates vying for the Democratic nomination are scheduled to participate in one of their first candidate forums ahead of the March primary. Read »

Friday, Jan 5, 2018 at 6:38 PM
Deep Dish: Roskam, Rauner Races Named as Must Watch

Deep Dish: Roskam, Rauner Races Named as Must Watch

Illinois is home to some of the nation's most compelling races, and NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have all the details in this week's Deep Dish. Watch »

Friday, Jan 5, 2018 at 6:39 PM

Obama Presidential Library Chooses Construction Manager

The Obama Foundation has announced that Lakeside Alliance will serve as the construction manager for the new Obama Presidential Center. Read »

Friday, Jan 5, 2018 at 5:13 PM

Kennedy, Emanuel Exchange Barbs Over Plans for Chicago

Kennedy, Emanuel Exchange Barbs Over Plans for Chicago

After Democratic candidate Chris Kennedy accused him of having a “strategic gentrification plan” to make Chicago “whiter,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired back with a few questions of his own. Read »

Friday, Jan 5, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Durbin Challenges Rauner to Act After Veterans' Home Visit

Senator Dick Durbin is the latest public official to visit a veterans’ home in Quincy after an outbreak of Legionnaires disease made headlines late last year. Read »

Thursday, Jan 4, 2018 at 5:32 PM

Rauner Moves Into Quincy Vets' Home Amid Controversy

Rauner Moves Into Quincy Vets' Home Amid Controversy

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is responding in an unconventional way to criticism of his administration's handling of outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease at a veterans home that have left 13 dead. Read »

Thursday, Jan 4, 2018 at 1:40 PM

Rauner's Former General Counsel Offers Rare Statement

Though Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s former top attorney, Dennis Murashko, has refused most requests for interviews since his reported removal last summer, he has a New Year's message that is raising eyebrows. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018 at 5:11 PM

A.G. Sends More Prosecutors to Focus on Violent Crime

A.G. Sends More Prosecutors to Focus on Violent Crime

Additional prosecutors have been assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago and will focus on fighting violent crime. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018 at 10:59 PM

Hastert Accuser Seeks to Reinstate Case

Dennis Hastert received an unwelcome gift for his 76th birthday on Tuesday. The attorney for an accuser who he hoped had gone away returned to court trying to reinstate his case. Read »

Monday, Jan 1, 2018 at 1:59 PM

2018 Brings Governor's Race, Other Big Contests in Illinois

2018 Brings Governor's Race, Other Big Contests in Illinois

The new year will be one of big decisions in Illinois, from whether voters give Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner a second term to whether tech giant Amazon chooses the state for its second headquarters and... Read »

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