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Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 at 7:23 PM

New Draft CPD Overhaul Deal Requires Cops to Note Gun Points

A controversial plan to reform Chicago's police department grew heated Thursday when city officials added a new requirement that officers must document each time they point a gun at someone. Read »

Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 at 5:56 AM

Chicago's Next Mayor Will Be Leading a Deeply Divided City

The next mayor of Chicago will take over a city that is deeply divided by race and class, a decadeslong problem that critics say only grew more pronounced during Mayor Rahm Emanuel's two terms in office. Read »

Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Emanuel Q&A: Biggest Lessons, What's Next and Why

In his first one-on-one interview with NBC 5 since announcing he won't run for re-election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel grew emotional at times, recounting the highs and lows of the job, why he made the decision not... Read »

Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 at 12:48 PM

With Emanuel Out, Here's Who Could Join Race for Mayor

Several names are being floated as potential candidates in the upcoming race for mayor of Chicago just one day after Rahm Emanuel's bombshell announcement that he would not seek re-election. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018 at 7:31 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Leaves City With Big Challenges

Despite some successes, many of the long-standing problems that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel inherited will remain when he leaves office early next year. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018 at 7:14 AM
Mary Ann Ahern Discusses Emanuel's Decision Not to Run Again

Mary Ann Ahern Discusses Emanuel's Decision Not to Run Again

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shocked the city when he revealed Tuesday that he would not run for a third term. NBC 5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern discusses what his announcement means for the city moving... Watch »

Friday, Sep 7, 2018 at 8:58 AM

Obama Speech Draws Much University of Illinois Interest

Obama Speech Draws Much University of Illinois Interest

More than 17 times as many University of Illinois students registered to hear a campus speech by former President Barack Obama as there are seats in the auditorium. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018 at 7:04 AM

Emanuel's Bombshell Leaves Chicago Wondering What's Next

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's bombshell announcement that he would not seek re-election left Chicago wondering why - and what will happen next. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 at 6:36 PM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Leaves Behind a Mixed Legacy

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will leave behind a mixed legacy after he announced this will be his final term as mayor of the Windy City. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Candidates React to News Emanuel Won't Seek Re-Election

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's announcement Tuesday that he won't be running for re-election marked a big change for those in the upcoming race. Read »

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