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Deep Dish: Halloween Edition

Deep Dish: Halloween Edition

Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern put on the sister act for this special Halloween edition of Deep Dish featuring spooky political headlines from around the state. Watch »

Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 at 11:21 AM

Obama Called for Jury Duty

Obama Called for Jury Duty

Former President Barack Obama has been busy since he left the Oval Office, but that packed schedule doesn’t mean that he’s immune from doing his civic duty. Read »

Friday, Oct 27, 2017 at 5:43 PM

Former Governor Quinn Running for Attorney General

Former Governor Quinn Running for Attorney General

Former Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn is joining a crowded field attempting to become the state's next attorney general. Read »

Friday, Oct 27, 2017 at 8:05 PM

Courthouse Closings Could Occur as Budget Cuts Loom

With Cook County facing a budget shortfall, commissioners are seeking ways to cut down on costs, and two branch courthouses on the Northwest Side may soon be facing the axe. Read »

Friday, Oct 27, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Rauner Embarking on Trade Mission to Israel

Rauner Embarking on Trade Mission to Israel

On Sunday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will depart for a week-long trip to Israel, as he looks to lure international partners to a South Loop innovation lab. Read »

Friday, Oct 27, 2017 at 2:34 PM

Rauner Faces Uphill Battle for Re-Election, Ranking Says

According to a new ranking, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is facing a serious uphill battle if he wants to hold onto his position. Read »

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 at 5:45 PM

Illinois House Rejects Ban on Controversial 'Bump Stocks'

The House has soundly rejected a ban on gun modifications known as "bump stocks" that speed firing and were used in the Las Vegas massacre. Read »

Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Rotering Announces Attorney General Run

Rotering Announces Attorney General Run

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering has thrown her hat into the ring as she will run for Attorney General. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 at 6:08 PM

County Budget Cuts Could Lead to Suburban Courthouse Closure

With Cook County's controversial sweetened beverage tax defeated, Board President Toni Preckwinkle has called for major cutbacks. Those cutbacks could include some potentially drastic changes, including... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 at 6:17 PM

Read the Open Letter on Sexual Harassment in Ill. Politics

A growing number of women are speaking out about their experiences with sexual harassment and misogyny in Illinois politics - many through an open letter demanding a change in the culture. Read »

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