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Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 at 2:43 PM

New Poll Shows Biss Gaining, But Many Voters Still Undecided

New Poll Shows Biss Gaining, But Many Voters Still Undecided

Nearly 40 percent of Democratic primary voters are still undecided in the Illinois governor’s race, according to a poll released Wednesday, just eight days before early voting was scheduled to begin. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 at 5:44 PM

Rauner Delivers State of the State Address

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his fourth annual State of the State address in Springfield Wednesday, issuing a call for bipartisanship in the middle of an already heated campaign season. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 at 9:34 AM

Illinois Legislation Could Raise Smoking Age From 18 to 21

Illinois Legislation Could Raise Smoking Age From 18 to 21

Illinois Democrats want to raise the legal age for smoking or chewing tobacco from 18 to 21. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 at 12:27 AM

Gutierrez Makes Russian Translation Quip on State of Union

Among a bevy of Democrat responses to the State of the Union address Tuesday night, one Illinois lawmaker had particularly harsh and accusatory words for President Donald Trump. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:21 PM

Roskam Donates Wynn Contribution, Denouncing Alleged Actions

Roskam Donates Wynn Contribution, Denouncing Alleged Actions

Rep. Peter Roskam, looking ahead to a heated November contest, has decided to return the $1,465 contribution from recently disgraced RNC fundraising Chairman Steve Wynn. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:38 PM

Which Ill. Lawmakers Are Boycotting the State of the Union

Which Ill. Lawmakers Are Boycotting the State of the Union

Last year's address to a joint session of Congress was not technically a State of the Union, so Tuesday night's speech will mark President Donald Trump's first. Members of Congress typically like to send... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 4:10 PM

Lopez Drops Out of Race to Replace Gutierrez

Another candidate dropped out of the race to replace Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Tuesday, the second person to exit the campaign in as many days. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 4:42 PM

Board Says Silverstein Is 1 Signature Short

Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein's battle to remain on the Democratic primary ballot dragged on Tuesday, as the Chicago Board of Elections ruled that he is actually one signature short of the requirement... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 12:52 PM

Kennedy Buys Second TV Ad in Race for Illinois Governor

Kennedy Buys Second TV Ad in Race for Illinois Governor

NBC 5 has the first look at the second television ad for Chris Kennedy's campaign in the Democratic primary for Illinois governor. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 at 11:46 AM

The Obama Foundation Is Now Hiring

The Obama Foundation has launched a new page with job opportunities on its website Obama.org, the organization announced Monday. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.
Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.
Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He was the President of the United States. But at heart, Barack Obama is a Chicago politician.
Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.
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