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Monday, May 27, 2019 at 11:13 AM

Democrats Advance Bill to Expand Illinois Abortion Rights

House Democrats in Illinois have advanced a measure to replace the state's abortion law with less restrictive language that gives people "a fundamental right" to make decisions about their reproductive Read »

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 9:58 AM

Gambling Expansion in Illinois Back on the Table

Gambling Expansion in Illinois Back on the Table

The long-pursued goal of expanding casino gambling in Illinois is scheduled for a new look by the General Assembly. Read »

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 7:31 PM

Illinois Lawmakers Set to Tackle Issues at End of Session

Illinois Lawmakers Set to Tackle Issues at End of Session

The Illinois General Assembly commenced its spring session in January with a bold directive from new Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a balanced budget, legalized marijuana and sports betting, a revamped income tax... Read »

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 6:18 PM
Take 5: Legislative Session Lacks Drama, Lightfoot Inaugurated

Take 5: Legislative Session Lacks Drama, Lightfoot Inaugurated

In this week's Take 5, Political Reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin recap a busy week in state and local politics.  Watch »

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 6:36 PM

Lightfoot Announces Plan for Memorial Day Safety in Chicago

Just before the long Memorial Day weekend began, Chicago’s new mayor was joined by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and other community leaders as she detailed her plan for ensuring safety and preventing... Read »

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 6:34 PM

Proposal Would Raise Alcohol Tax to Help Fund Infrastructure

A controversial new proposal would raise taxes on beer, wine and liquor in Illinois as part of an effort to fund state infrastructure. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:50 AM

Pritzker Says Tax Increases Worth It for Construction Plan

Pritzker Says Tax Increases Worth It for Construction Plan

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday he is confident that Illinois residents will swallow $1.8 billion in new and increased taxes to pay for a massive state construction program , while a key Republican said... Read »

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:58 AM

Lightfoot Keeping on Emanuel Appointees in Key Posts

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she is retaining several appointees of the previous mayor in key posts, including the city's police superintendent. Read »

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:36 PM

Tuesday Marks Lightfoot's First Full Day as Chicago Mayor

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot arrived at the LaSalle Street entrance of City Hall at around 9 a.m. Tuesday, ready for the first full day of her administration. When asked how she felt, less than 24 hours... Read »

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:44 AM

Rahm Emanuel Becomes Contributing Editor for The Atlantic

Rahm Emanuel kicked off his post-mayoral career Tuesday by announcing that he is now a contributing editor for The Atlantic. Read »

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