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Monday, Oct 23, 2017 at 12:53 PM

Fioretti Considering Challenging Preckwinkle

Former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti is considering challenging Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Read »

Monday, Oct 23, 2017 at 8:14 PM

Governor Rauner Announces Re-Election Bid

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner hasn’t officially announced that he will run for re-election in 2018, but that is expected to change on Monday. Read »

Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 at 1:51 PM

Illinois Governor's Race Could Be Costliest in US History

The 2018 Illinois governor's race is on pace to be the most expensive in U.S. history. Read »

Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 at 1:34 PM

New Testing Benchmarks to Rely Only on SAT Exam in Illinois

New testing benchmarks for Illinois high schools are prompting concern and confusion. Read »

Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Right-Wing Effort to Take Down Rauner Heats Up

The movement to take down incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner from within his own party is gaining steam. Read »

Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Rauner Outlines $200 Million in Cuts to Illinois Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has outlined more than $200 million in cuts it wants to make to Illinois' new budget, including to human services, agriculture programs and transportation. Read »

Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 at 1:12 PM

Chicago Public Schools Enrollment Declines by About 10K

Enrollment in Chicago Public Schools is down by nearly 10,000 students from a year ago. Read »

Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 at 10:40 AM

Voter Advocates Push Illinois to Exit Multistate Database

Voter rights advocates are pushing Illinois election officials to withdraw from a longtime multistate voter registration database over questions of accuracy, security and voter suppression. Read »

Friday, Oct 20, 2017 at 9:26 PM
Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines

Deep Dish: The Latest Political Headlines

Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern discuss the latest political headlines out of Illinois. Watch »

Friday, Oct 20, 2017 at 5:58 PM

Illinois Proposes 10 Chicago-Area Sites for Amazon Headquarters

Ten sites in the Chicago area, including two in the suburbs, were listed in Illinois' bid, submitted this week, for Amazon's second headquarters. Read »

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