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  • Sandoval Plea Brings Possible Red Light Camera Ban Back to Life

    The former state lawmaker who once buried a bill to ban red light cameras has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a company that operated the devices. This week, State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) says the proposal could get another vote at the Statehouse.

  • A Closer Look: How Crucial is the 2020 Census for Illinois’ Future?

    With a Congressional seat and millions of federal dollars on the line, officials are pushing for participation in the upcoming 2020 Census. Paul Lisnek talks with Marilyn A. Sanders, Chicago Regional Director at the U.S. Census Bureau, and Anita Banerji, Director of the Democracy Initiative at Forefront.    

  • Political Report: One-on-One with Toni Preckwinkle

    Paul Lisnek talks with Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, about problems within the County’s health system and her role as Chairwoman of the County’s Democratic Party.  

  • Some voters, experts cold on Chicago’s February election tradition

    CHICAGO — In Chicago, the dead of winter isn’t most people’s idea of a good time for an outdoor outing. Yet for more than 100 years, it’s the month when Chicagoans head to the polls and vote in municipal elections. WGN Investigates took a deeper look at the long standing tradition of Chicago’s oddly timed elections. “Most people don’t question it too much because it’s how it’s always been,” Austin Berg, member of the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute, said. Berg […]

  • Chicago’s Race for Mayor: Who’s Running?

    When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he would not be seeking a third term, the list of candidates running for mayor grew rapidly. There are now 14 people running for mayor. Election Day is Feb. 26, 2019. To win the mayoral race, a candidate has to get 50 percent of the vote plus one. If none of the candidates receives this percentage of the vote, there will be a run-off election on April 2 between the top two candidates. Find […]

  • Decision 2018: Your guide to voting in Illinois

    The Illinois general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls open at 6 a.m. statewide, and will stay open through 7 p.m. To check your registration status, find your polling place and see a sample ballot, go to chicagoelections.com/info. Here’s a look at the candidates for all of the statewide races: GOVERNOR J.B. Pritzker Democratic nominee, businessman Campaign Website | Twitter | Facebook Prior to this campaign, J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic nominee, was an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He helped run a private […]

  • Bruce Rauner, JB Pritzker release 2017 tax returns

    CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner released his 2017 tax returns Tuesday morning, prompting his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker to do the same. See Rauner’s 2017 tax return See Pritzker’s 2017 tax return The documents don’t paint a full picture of the wealthy candidates’ complex financial holdings, but do show both Rauner and Pritzker brought in more than $50 million in taxable income last year. The release underscores incumbent Rauner reported nearly $54.2 million in taxable income to the state in […]

  • Super PAC tied to Trump’s Illinois Campaign Finance Chair Jumps into Race for Governor

    Governor Bruce Rauner’s campaign for re-election is expected to get a boost this week from a Super PAC formerly headed by wealthy Chicago businessman and Illinois campaign finance chair of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential run, Ron Gidwitz. On Tuesday, Economic Freedom Alliance is set to begin running television ads attacking Rauner’s opponent, Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker. Sources tell WGN the advertising campaign will total more than half a million dollars. Chicago businessman Ron Gidwitz was the chairman of the Economic […]

  • Black Lawmaker Confronts Governor Rauner over IPI Cartoon

    Confronted by one black lawmaker this afternoon, Governor Bruce Rauner refused to apologize for a controversial cartoon from the Illinois Policy Institute. The cartoon depicts a black child begging a white man for money. The Illinois Policy Institute says the drawing is meant to depict politicians keep TIF money from students across Illinois. Some, including several state lawmakers, say it’s racist. Governor Rauner had a chance to put the controversy to bed Thursday afternoon, after signing various criminal justice reform […]

  • FULL INTERVIEW: Chris Kennedy Opens Up About Family Tragedy, Violence Plan and More

    The 2018 race for Governor has focused a lot on Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois budget battle, but now Democratic candidate Chris Kennedy is trying to change the subject. The 54-year-old businessman is getting personal, telling WGN Political Reporter Tahman Bradley how his famed family’s personal connection to gun violence has given him a unique perspective. It’s one that Kennedy wants to take all the way to the Illinois governor’s mansion. The full interview is below:    

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