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Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 6:36 AM

Senators Urge Review After Mumps Cases at Immigrant Center

Congressmen and senators from Illinois are urging a review of health policies after a mumps outbreak at a northern Illinois county jail that houses immigrant detainees. Health officials confirmed six mumps... Read »

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 9:34 PM

Chicago Teachers Union Members Vote on Potential Strike

Will the Chicago Teachers Union authorize a strike? The votes continue to be counted through Thursday, the earliest teachers and schools could find out the results. Rank-and-file members have been casting their... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 5:52 PM
Illinois Reps. React to Trump's Press Conference

Illinois Reps. React to Trump's Press Conference

President Trump reacts Wednesday afternoon after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announces the House will begin a Trump impeachment inquiry. He said he fully supports transparency but adds the whistle-blower... Watch »

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019 at 10:21 AM

Bernie Sanders Makes Appearance at CTU Rally Tuesday

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, among other prominent individuals, made an appearance at a Chicago Teachers Union rally Tuesday evening. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 at 12:36 PM

Federal Agents Raid Offices of Sen. Martin Sandoval

Federal agents were executing search warrants at multiple locations tied to Illinois Sen. Martin Sandoval Tuesday, according to a law enforcement source. Agents were seen at his district office in the... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 at 7:55 PM

Sen. Dick Durbin Calls for Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump

Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, called for a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Tuesday. As Senate Minority Whip, Durbin is the second highest-ranking Democrat in the Read »

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 at 8:37 PM

Sanders, Warren Back CTU Amid Contract Negotiations

The Chicago Teachers Union has received the backing of two big-name supporters - Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren - as the clock ticks closer to a potential teachers... Read »

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 at 3:01 PM

Illinois Issues 300,000 REAL ID-Compliant Driver's Licenses

Illinois has issued about 300,000 state driver's licenses that are compliant with a 2005 law aimed at strengthening rules for identification at airports and federal facilities. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2019 at 5:46 PM

Lawmakers to Consider Banning Flavored Vaping Products

Illinois lawmakers this fall will consider banning most flavored vaping products, following recent restrictions that some other states have enacted amid concerns about the safety of vaping and its allure... Read »

Friday, Sep 20, 2019 at 5:44 PM
Take 5: The Week That Was in Chicago Politics

Take 5: The Week That Was in Chicago Politics

NBC 5 Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have all the news you need to know for this week's Take 5 on Politics. Watch »

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