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  • 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 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:    

  • Madigan changes course, will hold vote on tax plan Sunday

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois lawmakers continued efforts to resolve the state’s budget crisis Saturday, a day that began with harsh words between party leaders on the House floor, and ended with Democratic Speaker Mike Madigan promising a vote on a tax plan on Sunday. But partisan politics remain at play. Speaker Mike Madigan said in a statement Saturday the Illinois House will vote Sunday on a revenue proposal “modeled” on a bill put forward by the GOP: “I am encouraged by the […]

  • Nearly two years without a state budget: Where do we stand now and what’s next

    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has called state legislators back to the Capitol for a special session starting next week to hammer out a budget deal and end an unprecedented impasse that could enter a third year. WGN is taking a look at how Illinois got to this point and what’s next:   Where do we stand? The 2018 Fiscal Year begins on July 1st. Illinois has been operating without a budget since July 1st, 2015. The state’s bill backlog currently […]

  • Trump Investigation Far from Over, former Federal Prosecutors Say

    Much of the U.S. was glued to their televisions Thursday morning, as fired FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his interactions with President Donald Trump, in the weeks before his dismissal. The much-anticipated event revealed some significant information, like Comey’s assertion that President Trump asked him for “loyalty” during a private meeting in February. But two former federal prosecutors agree, the investigation is far from over. Pat Brady, also the former chairman of the Illinois […]

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