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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 »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 at 5:15 PM

Obama, Clinton React to Emanuel Not Seeking Re-Election

After Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unexpectedly announced that he would not seek a third term in office, several figures - including former President Barack Obama - shared their own reactions to the political... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 at 11:19 AM
Emanuel: 'This Has Been the Job of a Lifetime'

Emanuel: 'This Has Been the Job of a Lifetime'

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces he won't be running for re-election.  Watch »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 at 11:18 AM
Emanuel: 'I've Decided Not to Seek Re-Election'

Emanuel: 'I've Decided Not to Seek Re-Election'

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces he's not running for re-election.  Watch »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 at 11:12 AM

'Thank You': Read Emanuel's Full Announcement

In a bombshell news conference, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed he would not run for re-election. Read his full statement. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018 at 5:25 AM

Emanuel Unexpectedly Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he will not run for re-election, making the bombshell announcement that he will not seek a third term during a last-minute press conference. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 at 10:12 AM

Ill. Senate Candidates Release Ads Calling for Term Limits

Ill. Senate Candidates Release Ads Calling for Term Limits

Four women running for the Illinois State Senate released new television ads Tuesday - in which three of them took the unusual step of calling on term limits for powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan. Read »

Saturday, Sep 1, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Obama Delivers Emotional Eulogy at Sen. McCain's Funeral

Praising Senator John McCain for his patriotism and his willingness to hear the concerns of all Americans regardless of party affiliation, former President Barack Obama delivered an emotional eulogy at McCain’s... Read »

Saturday, Sep 1, 2018 at 11:40 AM
Obama's Full Eulogy for Senator John McCain

Obama's Full Eulogy for Senator John McCain

President Barack Obama delivers a touching eulogy at the funeral of Senator John McCain. Watch »

Friday, Aug 31, 2018 at 6:36 PM
Take 5: City Officials Begin Preparations for 2019 Campaigns

Take 5: City Officials Begin Preparations for 2019 Campaigns

Petitions have begun circulating for citywide elections, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is raising money even though he hasn’t formally declared for the 2019 race. NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin have... Watch »

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