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US Rep. Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia running for mayor of Chicago

Garcia has for years made known his desire to lead Chicago and he ran unsuccessfully against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015 in the city's first runoff election. He will join an already crowded field of candidates hoping to unseat Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as she runs for a second term.

US Rep. Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia running for mayor of Chicago
Illinois Politics

Election Day 2022: Bailey vs. Pritzker highlights Illinois' races but others could be key bellwethers

The high-profile Illinois Gubernatorial highlights today's elections but other Illinois races could prove to be key bellwethers for how the nation feels about the direction of the country.

Election Day 2022: Bailey vs. Pritzker highlights Illinois' races but others could be key bellwethers
Chicago News

Ex-Teamsters' boss gets 19 months in Chicago extortion case

A former Teamsters union boss who was once one of the most powerful labor leaders in Chicago was sentenced Wednesday to 19 months in federal prison for extorting $325,000 from the head of a film studio in the city.

Ex-Teamsters' boss gets 19 months in Chicago extortion case
Illinois Politics

Chicago lawmaker enters plea in red-light camera scandal

State Sen. Emil Jones III pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of lying to the FBI and seeking a bribe to oppose legislation that would have required a statewide evaluation of red-light camera systems.

Chicago lawmaker enters plea in red-light camera scandal
Politics

Pritzker calls up Guard to help care for arriving migrants

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday called up 75 members of the Illinois National Guard to help organize shelter, food and medical care for migrants arriving by bus from Texas.

Pritzker calls up Guard to help care for arriving migrants
Illinois Politics

Judge grants Madigan "up front" extension in racketeering case

On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court Judge granted former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his defense team an "up front" extension until next year so they can further review the evidence in the case turned over by prosecutors.

Judge grants Madigan "up front" extension in racketeering case
Chicago Politics

Vote to raise speed-camera ticket threshold struck down in City Council

The Chicago City Council struck down a proposed ordinance to raise the speed-camera ticket threshold by a vote of 26-18, an issue over which Mayor Lightfoot threatened to use the office's veto power for the first time since 2006.

Vote to raise speed-camera ticket threshold struck down in City Council
Chicago News

Chicago cop accused of striking woman at protest resigns

A Chicago police officer who had been facing possible dismissal after being accused of striking a woman and knocking out one of her teeth during a protest has resigned from the department.

Chicago cop accused of striking woman at protest resigns
Chicago Politics

Ex-alderman Patrick Daley Thompson sentenced to 4 months

A grandson and nephew of Chicago's two longest-serving mayors was sentenced to four months in prison Wednesday after being convicted of tax crimes and making false statements.

Ex-alderman Patrick Daley Thompson sentenced to 4 months
Politics

Illinois Republicans pick Bailey to take on Pritzker

Illinois Republicans on Tuesday chose conservative state Sen. Darren Bailey to take on Gov. J.B. Pritzker in the 2022 Illinois Gubernatorial Election in November.

Illinois Republicans pick Bailey to take on Pritzker