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Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 at 1:12 PM

How to Get Money Back on Red-Light, Speed Camera Tickets

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. Read »

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 »

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Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

Indiana Gov. 'In Play' as Possible Trump VP Pick

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is "in play" as a possible contender to be named Donald Trump's running mate at next month's GOP convention, sources familiar with the vice presidential search tell NBC News.
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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.
Ed Burke

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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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