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Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Emanuel Declares Chicago a 'Trump-Free Zone' on 'Late Show'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Monday night to declare Chicago a “Trump-free zone.” Read »

Monday, Dec 11, 2017 at 9:44 PM

Biss Wins Straw Poll of Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates

Democratic State Sen. Daniel Biss won the straw poll conducted after the Women's Forum for the Democratic Candidates this past Saturday. Only the candidates who participated in the forum were part of the Read »

Monday, Dec 11, 2017 at 8:53 PM

Rauner Calls on Berrios to Resign as Cook County Assessor

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced plans to call on Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios to resign Monday following an investigation revealing inequities and errors in Berrios' assessment system. Read »

Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 at 5:18 PM

3 Members of Congress Endorse Kaegi for Cook County Assessor

Three members of Congress endorsed Fritz Kaegi for Cook County Assessor Sunday, as incumbent Joe Berrios continues to face the fallout of a report alleging that his office has failed to assess thousands... Read »

Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 at 3:19 PM

Monday Marks Last Day to Apply for Red-Light Ticket Refunds

If you’ve received a ticket from a red-light or speed camera in Chicago, you may be eligible to get some of your money back - but you better act quickly, because Monday marks the final day to apply for a refund.... Read »

Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 at 3:24 PM

'I'm Not in Charge': Illinois Governor's Words May Haunt Bid

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner raised eyebrows, then questions about whether he misspoke after he declared "I am not in charge" of the state. Read »

Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 at 9:10 PM

Dem. Candidates for Governor Take Part in Women's Forum

Four Democratic candidates for Illinois governor took part in a forum organized by dozens of women’s groups Saturday. Read »

Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 7:41 PM
Deep Dish: Preckwinkle, Rauner Make Waves

Deep Dish: Preckwinkle, Rauner Make Waves

In today's Deep Dish, NBC 5 Political Reporters Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern dig into the Republican race for governor, the latest happenings in local races, and much more.  Watch »

Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 10:23 PM

Forrest Claypool Resigns as Head of CPS

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool will reportedly resign from his post as head of the city's embattled school district. Read »

Friday, Dec 8, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Hastert Could Soon Face Questions About Payoffs

Hastert Could Soon Face Questions About Payoffs

A date is looming where disgraced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert will be forced to sit for questioning by lawyers representing the man who revealed his secret past. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
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Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from...
Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.
Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.
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Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.
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