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Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 at 1:38 PM
By Mary Ann Ahern and Shelby Bremer

Who Will, Won't and Might Run for Illinois Attorney General

Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s revelation that she would not seek a fifth term in office sent shockwaves through Illinois’ political circles, with several names floated as potential candidates for the...View gallery »

  • Erika Harold (R) - Yes
  • House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R) - No
  • Former House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R) - No
Friday, Jul 7, 2017 at 6:09 AM
By Shelby Bremer

What Illinois' New Budget Means for Residents

After more than two years of Illinois’ historic stalemate, lawmakers voted to override of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of an income tax hike and $36 billion spending plan, putting a budget in place.View gallery »

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Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:48 PM

See How Illinois Reps Voted on GOP Health Care Bill

The Republican health care bill narrowly passed in the House Thursday, delivering a victory for President Donald Trump just six weeks after nearly leaving the measure for dead.View gallery »

  • Rep. Mike Quigley (D - 5th District)
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R - 16th District)
  • Rep. Randy Hultgren (R - 14th District)
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 at 6:02 PM
By Shelby Bremer

Here's Who's Running for Governor of Illinois

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  • Bruce Rauner (R)
  • Daniel Biss (D)
  • Bob Daiber (D)
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:11 PM
By Tom Schuba

Where’s Your Illinois Congressman This Week?

As the 115th Congress breaks this week for its first recess, many Illinois lawmakers are traveling home to meet with voters about a range of issues, including immigration, gun violence and the economy.View gallery »

  • Senator Dick Durbin (D - IL)
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth (D - IL)
  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D - 1st District)
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM
By Shelby Bremer

Where Illinois Officials Stand on Trump's Immigration Order

Following protests at airports across the country in opposition to President Trump's executive action halting refugee resettlement and entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations, calls on...View gallery »

  • Senator Dick Durbin (D - IL)
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth (D - IL)
  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D - 1st District)
Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Top 10 New Illinois Laws for 2017

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  • Tampon Tax
  • Sick Time Flexibility
  • Police Dog Retirement
Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 4:07 PM
By Colleen Connolly

Year in Review: Top Illinois Politics Stories of 2015

The year 2015 was a roller coaster for many prominent Illinois politicians, both past and present, as well as the voters who elected them. Here are some of the top political stories on NBCChicago.com...View gallery »

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Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM
By Salina Jewell

Illinois General Election Guide 2014

November 4 is election day for Illinois residents to vote for who they would like to represent them. Take a quick look at who is running for what, where and who they are running against.View gallery »

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Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM
By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn's 'Rauneropoly' Game Will Give You Nightmares; Chicago Media Hates Valerie Jarrett

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn's 'Rauneropoly' Game Will Give You Nightmares; Chicago Media Hates Valerie Jarrett

It's Friday! And that means another This Week in Mudslinging report on the over-the-top, openly hostile, endlessly entertaining alternate universe that is Illinois politics. Some would call it the 10th circle of... Read »

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