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Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 at 9:47 PM

Pritzker Meets With President Trump at White House

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker joined his fellow newly minted state leaders during a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday. Read »

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 at 10:52 PM

Burke's Office Searched Again by Federal Authorities

This time there was no brown paper covering the entrance to the third floor finance committee office at Chicago’s City Hall, but federal agents returned to the office of Alderman Ed Burke on Thursday, sources... Read »

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 at 10:51 AM

Joyce Drops Daley Challenge As Mayoral Race Gets Heated

Mayoral candidate Jerry Joyce dropped his challenge of opponent Bill Daley's petition signatures Wednesday, while the rest of the candidates' objections continued to make their way through the hearing process... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 at 10:34 PM

Pritzker to Attend White House Meeting Thursday

Pritzker to Attend White House Meeting Thursday

JB Pritzker will attend a meeting Thursday with other governors-elect at the White House Thursday. The White House says both Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump will meet with the new governors... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Cook County Board Repeals Tax Break for Popular Parking Apps

What was meant to be a tax break for people who park downtown could have been a windfall for parking app companies like SpotHero and ParkWhiz in Chicago. But that's no longer the case. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 at 1:02 PM

Photos: 10 Candidates for Chicago Mayor Take Part in Forum

Ten of the 21 candidates running for mayor of Chicago participated in a forum Tuesday night, hosted by the 38th Ward Democratic Organization, among other organizations.View gallery »

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Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 at 11:19 AM

Enyia's Spokeswoman Departs, Citing 'Troubling Factors'

Citing "several unknown and troubling factors," the communications director for Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia announced Wednesday she has stepped down from her role within the campaign. Read »

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 at 10:47 AM

Emanuel Backs Legal Weed, Chicago Casino to Fund Pensions

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on state lawmakers to legalize marijuana, allow for a casino in Chicago and approve an amendment to the state constitution in order to address the city's pension crisis Wednesday. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 at 10:24 AM

Emanuel: Hike Gas Tax to Pay for Transportation Fix

Emanuel: Hike Gas Tax to Pay for Transportation Fix

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the state's motor-fuel tax should be increased to fund highway and bridge improvements. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 at 6:53 AM

Pritzker Begins Planning for Inaugural Weekend, Swearing-In

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is starting to plan his inaugural festivities. Read »

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