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Donald Trump

Trump Loses Two Delegates Because Of Their Foreign-Sounding Names

In further evidence that Donald Trump’s rhetoric is damaging American minds, two Trump delegates with foreign sounding (i.e. Muslim) names failed to make the top three spots during last night’s Illinois primary, despite running for a politician who has vilified their faith repeatedly during the primaries.

March 16, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Savannah Center in Cincinnati

Under Fire, Trump Seeks Breakthrough In Republican Primaries

Donald Trump could take a giant step on Tuesday toward securing the Republican presidential nomination if he wins the Florida and Ohio primaries.

March 15, 2016
Photo: Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) at the Hyde Park Independence Day Parade, July 4, 2015, via Facebook.

Senate GOP Campaign Deletes Tweet Accusing Disabled Democrat Of ‘Not Standing Up’ For Veterans

The campaign arm for Senate Republicans looks like it needs to watch its language when discussing a top Democratic candidate.

March 8, 2016
Mark Kirk Illinois Senator Republican

Republican Senator Says Obama Should Nominate Scalia’s Replacement

The senator’s announcement is the latest in backtracking by Republicans following their original line: that the next president nominate Scalia’s replacement.

February 23, 2016

Republican Kirk Breaks With U.S. Senate Leaders On High Court Seat

Kirk, who holds President Obama’s old Senate seat, is facing a tough re-election fight in Illinois.

February 22, 2016
President Barack Obama

In Illinois Homecoming, Obama Calls For Improved Tone In U.S. Politics

Obama won the White House in 2008 partially on a promise to overcome partisan divides in Washington. He has called his failure to do that, seven years after taking office, a regret.

February 10, 2016

Justice Department To Investigate Chicago Police: Source

The U.S. Justice Department will open an investigation into the Chicago Police Department after protests over how it handled the case of a black teenager shot by a white police officer, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

December 6, 2015

Thousands Mourn Slain Illinois Police Officer

Under a perfect powder-blue sky, police officers from across the country came Monday to give a final salute to a fallen comrade killed in the small boating community of Fox Lake.

September 7, 2015

Manhunt For Suspects In Illinois Police Officer’s Death Enters Day Two

Local schools were closed and a vigil for the slain officer was planned

September 2, 2015

Appeals Court Denies Petition By Former Illinois Governor Blagojevich

Blagojevich will now appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, his lawyer and his wife, Patti, said in a joint statement.

August 19, 2015
checkbook pen writing money

‘Checkbook’ Websites Shine Light On State Spending

Every state now runs some kind of public accountability — or “checkbook” — site. The goal is to increase transparency and accountability.

August 18, 2015

Dennis Hastert Pleads Not Guilty To Lying To FBI About Hush Money

Tuesday’s hearing came amid a deepening mystery surrounding Hastert’s alleged wrongdoing during his days as a teacher and wrestling coach decades ago in Yorkville, Illinois.

June 9, 2015
man in electric chair

This Week In Crazy: And God Created The Electric Chair

Capital punishment is God’s gift to America! Hillary Clinton is such a sure thing, people already want to impeach her! Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

May 29, 2015

Volatile, Unpredictable, Rare Storm Killed Two

The day after tornadoes scoured parts of seven counties in north central Illinois, killing two women in a small town that was destroyed, National Weather Service meteorologists sought to explain exactly what happened. What they found underscored the frightening volatility and unpredictability of such violent storms.

April 11, 2015
Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock speaks on the panel at the George W. Bush Institute forum at the Art Institute in Chicago in September 2012. Schock resigned Tuesday amid controversy over his spending habits. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Rep. Aaron Schock’s Problems Could Follow Him After He Quits Congress

Aaron Schock’s problems may be just beginning.

March 18, 2015
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn and candidate Bruce Rauner laid out their plans to tackle Illinois' biggest issues at the Metropolitan Planning Council's Aug. 28, 2014 Annual Luncheon. Photos by Tricia Scully. (Metropolitan Planning Council via Flickr)

Reclaiming Our State Budgets

America isn’t broke — it’s just keeping too much of our wealth in too few pockets.

March 5, 2015
Infrastructure, Clean-Coal, Environment, Coal, Climate Change, Illinois, FutureGen, Stimulus, Carbon Capture, Clean Energy, EPA

The White House Walks Away From Clean Coal

Falling oil prices are causing trouble for the coal industry.

February 17, 2015

Endorse This: Little League Blues

It’s getting so you can’t trust anyone these days — not even Little League baseball.

February 11, 2015
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

Illinois Turning To Insurance Agents For Obamacare Outreach

Insurance agents’ role in the Affordable Care Act signup process is steadily growing.

January 16, 2015

Child With Fever Admitted To Chicago Hospital To Check For Ebola

A Chicago patient is being monitored for signs of the deadly virus.

December 19, 2014

Landmark State Pension Law Struck Down By Illinois Judge

Find out what this ruling means for organized labor.

November 21, 2014

Wall Street Takes Over More Statehouses

Forget the GOP — the financial services industry was the biggest winner of the 2014 midterms.

November 14, 2014

Beneath The Republican Wave, Voters Still Reject Right-Wing Ideology

Republicans won big with Ebola, ISIS, and Obama fatigue. But Americans still don’t accept GOP extremism.

November 5, 2014

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin Wins Fourth Term

The Democratic whip is headed back to Washington for a fourth term.

November 4, 2014

Voters To Weigh Tax Caps, Increases

Ballot issues on the ballot increase voter turnout, and this year’s election has many states with hot-ticket ballot issues.

November 3, 2014