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Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 at 1:03 PM

More than 56K People Voted for Holocaust Denier in Illinois

More than 56,000 people voted to send Holocaust denier and white supremacist GOP nominee Art Jones to Congress in Illinois' 3rd District Tuesday night. Read »

Friday, Nov 9, 2018 at 6:29 AM

Pritzker Says He Wants to Legalize Marijuana in Illinois

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday he wants to move forward with his campaign proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 at 10:53 AM

Northwest Indiana County Seeks FBI Probe of Election Woes

Northwest Indiana County Seeks FBI Probe of Election Woes

The commissioners in a northwestern Indiana county plagued by a mix of Election Day problems asked the FBI on Wednesday to investigate what they called "scores of alleged violations of Indiana Election... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 at 5:42 PM

Midwestern States a Mixed Bag for Democrats in Midterms

While Democrats romped to statewide victories and flipped House districts in Illinois, other Midwestern states had mixed results in Tuesday’s voting. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 at 5:08 PM
Pritzker Speaks to Media After Big Election Win

Pritzker Speaks to Media After Big Election Win

After a decisive victory, Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker is already making plans to take over. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports.  Watch »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 at 4:58 PM

Casten Evaluates Future After Unseating Roskam

After his victory capped off a big night for Democrats, Congressman-elect Sean Casten says he’s ready to get to work after unseating long-time Republican Rep. Peter Roskam in the state’s sixth congressional... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 at 5:11 PM

Q&A: J.B. Pritzker Talks Taxes, Jobs and Where He'll Live

A day after J.B. Pritzker defeated Gov. Bruce Rauner to win the race for Illinois governor, Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton sat down with NBC 5 about what's next. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 at 5:12 PM

Illinois Victories May Fuel Pritzker's Graduated Income Tax

The signature issue for J.B. Pritzker has been changing the state's flat tax rate to a graduated tax rate. It's easier said than done, but last night's victories pave the way for Pritzker and Democrats to... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 at 1:08 PM
Trump on Roskam: 'Didn't Want the Embrace'

Trump on Roskam: 'Didn't Want the Embrace'

President Donald Trump called out Peter Roskam as he spoke on the midterm election results.  Watch »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 at 1:07 PM

Governor-Elect Pritzker Names Transition Team

After his victory in Tuesday’s election, Illinois Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker has named his transition team as he prepares to take office early next year. Read »

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