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Monday, Oct 28, 2019 at 12:06 PM

Protesters Gather at Trump Tower Amid President's Visit

Thousands of protesters gathered outside Chicago's Trump Tower Monday amid the president's first visit to the city since his inauguration.View gallery »

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Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 at 10:36 AM
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By James Neveau

Timeline: The Fall of Rod Blagojevich

It's been a tumultuous, decade-long ride for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, and it took a fascinating new turn this week.View gallery »

  • Dec. 9, 2008: Blagojevich Arrested
  • Jan. 30, 2009: Blagojevich Removed From Office
  • Aug. 17, 2010: Blagojevich Convicted
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 at 10:25 AM
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By James Neveau

Timeline: The Fall of Rod Blagojevich

It's been a tumultuous, decade-long ride for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, and it took a fascinating new turn this week.View gallery »

  • Dec. 9, 2008: Blagojevich Arrested
  • Jan. 30, 2009: Blagojevich Removed From Office
  • Aug. 17, 2010: Blagojevich Convicted
Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017 at 3:03 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

Your Questions About DACA, Answered

President Donald Trump's administration announced Tuesday the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the country...View gallery »

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  • Is DACA the same as the DREAM Act?
  • Why did Obama create DACA?
Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 at 3:27 PM
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By James Neveau

Illinois Politicians React to Withdrawal From Paris Agreemen

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, and Illinois politicians were quick to react to the decision.View gallery »

  • Former President Barack Obama
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
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, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:11 PM
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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
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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)
Friday, Jan 20, 2017 at 11:06 AM
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By NBC-Telemundo Chicago

How Melania Trump Will Serve in Role of First Lady

Melania Trump promised an action plan when she arrived at the White House. Here is what she hopes to focus on.View gallery »

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Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 at 11:40 AM
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By Telemundo/NBC Chicago

What Hillary Clinton's Decision to Wear Purple Means

During her concession speech to new president elect, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and her team's decision to wear purple drew much attention.View gallery »

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