- Obama re-ignites fight over drawing Illinois' political maps Updated: Feb-14-16 10:42 am
CHICAGO - At first blush, it may have seemed like a rare moment of bipartisanship at the Illinois Capitol: Democratic President Barack Obama called for changes to a process for drawing political maps that too often favors one party, bringing Republican lawmakers to their feet.
- Chicago resurrects idea of express train to O'Hare Updated: Feb-14-16 5:01 am
CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is resurrecting the idea of an express train to whisk business travelers and tourists between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport.
- AP Interview: Police shooting spurs state agency changes Updated: Feb-12-16 1:53 pm
CHICAGO - The death of Laquan McDonald, a black Chicago teenager who was a state ward for most of his life before he we was shot 16 times by a white police officer, has spurred Illinois' child welfare agency to look differently and with more focus at the cases of troubled youths, the director told The Associated Press.
- 2017 NHL draft to be held in Chicago Updated: Feb-11-16 7:04 pm
CHICAGO - The 2017 NHL draft is coming to the United Center. And there is no coach's challenge to take that one away from Chicago.
- Obama to preach 'better politics' at testy Illinois Capitol Updated: Feb-10-16 9:25 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois state Capitol where President Barack Obama returns Wednesday with a plea for "better politics" is awash in an acidic partisan feud. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, Democratic legislative leaders led by longtime Speaker Michael Madigan and even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have engaged in sometimes uncomfortably personal attacks over the state budget mess, Chicago schools, the governor's appointments and more, taking finger-pointing to a new level.
- Chicago teen's death shines light on police code of silence Updated: Feb-08-16 2:30 pm
CHICAGO - For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder.
- Judge: Suit seeking to stop Chicago Lucas Museum can go on Updated: Feb-04-16 2:12 pm
CHICAGO - A federal judge on Thursday allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to stop "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from building a $400 million museum along Chicago's lakefront, leaving open the possibility that the museum as currently envisioned may not get built.
- Chicago mayor says 780 new Tasers on the way for city police Updated: Feb-04-16 10:31 am
CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the upcoming delivery of almost 800 new stun guns will ensure that every police officer will have access to a Taser, following a series of high-profile fatal shootings in the city.
- Police task force receives advice at community meeting Updated: Feb-02-16 10:13 pm
CHICAGO - A forum held to get input on recommended changes in the Chicago Police Department heard from city residents.
- Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case Updated: Jan-26-16 5:35 pm
CHICAGO - A federal jury convicted a former Chicago transportation official on Tuesday for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company.
- After ugly first year, Illinois' governor says stay tuned Updated: Jan-26-16 5:29 pm
CHICAGO - Bruce Rauner takes pride in not being like any of Illinois' previous governors, either on matters of style or substance.
- Philadelphia's former police chief to advise Chicago force Updated: Jan-24-16 2:51 pm
CHICAGO - A former deputy superintendent of the Chicago Police who left to head departments in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia is returning to the city to help reform a force that's trying to regain public trust in the wake of a video showing a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced Sunday.
- The Latest: Fitch downgrades Chicago schools' credit rating Updated: Jan-20-16 2:59 pm
CHICAGO - The latest on Illinois Republicans proposing a state takeover of Chicago Public Schools (all times local):
- Rauner blames GE skipping Illinois on fiscal problems Updated: Jan-19-16 5:36 pm
CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner says he thinks General Electric bypassed Illinois for its new headquarters because of the "trajectory" of the state's fiscal problems.
- Chicago police chief applicants asked about code of silence Updated: Jan-19-16 4:26 pm
CHICAGO - Those vying to become Chicago's next top cop will be asked how they'd deal with the so-called code of silence among officers.
- Chicago brings Dick Wolf back to fore at NBC Updated: Jan-19-16 1:27 pm
PASADENA, California - With all the changes in television over the past few decades, Dick Wolf has remained resilient and is now resurgent.
- Chicago church when King preached could become landmark Updated: Jan-19-16 10:18 am
CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel says a church on Chicago's West Side where Martin Luther King Jr. preached could become an historic landmark.
- Events and demonstrations mark MLK Day in St. Louis, Chicago Updated: Jan-18-16 5:49 pm
CHICAGO - Observers from St. Louis to Chicago are marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day with commemorations and demonstrations.
- The Latest: Emanuel talks police violence at MLK breakfast Updated: Jan-15-16 10:51 pm
- Chicago police unions push for destruction of old complaints Updated: Jan-15-16 7:26 pm
CHICAGO - Unions representing Chicago police officers are fighting for the destruction of tens of thousands of documents from disciplinary files dating back several decades, just as activists and community leaders are demanding more access and transparency from a department under intense scrutiny after several controversial police shootings.