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Friday, Jun 7, 2019 at 12:03 PM

Lightfoot Appoints 7 New Board of Education Members

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tapped a familiar name as her new head of the Chicago Board of Education, announcing former state Sen. Miguel del Valle as her pick for the position on Monday. Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2019 at 12:43 PM

What Are the Odds? Things to Know About Gambling Expansion

It's been 15 years in the making, but Illinois is about to see some major gambling changes. Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2019 at 10:24 AM

Illinois House Increases Pay for Lawmakers

Illinois lawmakers are in line for a $1,600-a-year salary increase after the House surprised the Senate by slipping a pay raise into budget legislation, then refusing to take action on the Senate's attempt... Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2019 at 9:59 AM

Pritzker: 'Ambitious and Consequential' Session Concluded

Illinois Democrats led by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday celebrated what the first-year governor called "one of the most ambitious and consequential legislative sessions" in state history. Read »

Sunday, Jun 2, 2019 at 5:54 PM

Illinois Legislature Passes Gambling Bill

After a long-awaited deliberation, Illinois lawmakers passed a comprehensive gambling expansion bill Sunday afternoon. Read »

Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 at 8:39 AM

Abortion Rights Bill Approved by Illinois Senate

Abortion Rights Bill Approved by Illinois Senate

Gov. J.B. Pritzker hugged and congratulated sponsors of legislation to protect abortion rights in Illinois after the Senate approved the plan 34-20. Read »

Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 at 4:57 PM

Illinois Senate Passes Balanced Budget, Adjourns Session

Illinois Senate Passes Balanced Budget, Adjourns Session

The Senate has adopted a $39.9 billion state budget and adjourned its spring session. Read »

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Burke, Lightfoot Continue Showdown After Charges Filed

Burke, Lightfoot Continue Showdown After Charges Filed

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says it's time for Alderman Ed Burke to resign, but he is showing no willingness to step down. NBC 5's Carol Marin evaluates the situation.  Watch »

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 7:38 PM

Illinois Legislature to Remain in Session Over Weekend

Friday is not the last day of spring legislative session for the Illinois House. With major issues to tackle and a midnight deadline looming, House leaders have announced the chamber will be working at... Read »

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 3:20 PM

High Five: Top 5 Things to Know About Legal Weed in Illinois

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in Illinois after a plan passed both the state House and the Senate this week. Read »

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