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The Race for Illinois Governor 2018: J.B. Pritzker

J.B. Pritzker wins the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor in the primary election on March 20, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

From a childhood marked by privilege and tragedy to a life of business success and philanthropy, we bring you an original, in-depth look at the life of Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker.

Pritzker Campaign Staffers Allege Racial Discrimination

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Ten minority staffers working for J.B. Pritzker’s gubernatorial campaign have filed suit in federal court for racial discrimination and harassment, alleging they were subject to less favorable treatment than their white counterparts.

Mayor Emanuel Prepares to Release His Final City Budget

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Chicago Tonight file photo)

In his final budget before leaving office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising no major tax or fee increases, but there are significant new costs. How will they be paid for?

Could Trump, Sessions Derail Chicago’s Police Consent Decree?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have entered into an agreement to reform the city’s police department. But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says it would increase Chicago homicides.

Following Verdict, Rev. Marvin Hunter Calls for Change, Healing

Laquan McDonald’s great-uncle, the Rev. Marvin Hunter.

Family members of Laquan McDonald on Friday made their way to Grace Memorial Baptist Church on the city’s West Side, where the slain teen’s great-uncle, the Rev. Marvin Hunter, preaches.

Cubs in Do-Or-Die Wild Card Playoff

Cubs fan Dennis Zygmunt: “I’ve been following the Cubs for 70 years … Win or lose tonight, I’ll be very happy.”

A live report from Wrigley Field as the Cubs take on the Colorado Rockies.

Cubs Squander Division, Prep for Wild Card Matchup

The Chicago Cubs led their division for the majority of this season. But Monday, hopes for a division title were quashed as the rival Milwaukee Brewers came to Wrigley Field and won tiebreaker game number 163.

Toni Preckwinkle Announces Bid for Chicago Mayor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle takes questions from the media after announcing her mayoral campaign on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Chicago Tonight)

A major new candidate is in the race to replace Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago, but her announcement comes amid controversy over the conduct of one of her top staff members.

Embattled US Attorney General Sessions Slams Chicago Police Reform

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

Speaking before a group of law enforcement officials in Waukegan, the nation’s top law enforcement official pulled no punches when speaking about the police reform process taking place in Chicago.

City Council On the Verge of Major Change

There’s a sea change happening in Chicago politics, not just with the mayor’s race, but with many of the 50 City Council races – and the results could shape the city’s future for years to come.

The 2 Chicagos: What a New Poll Says About the City and Its Residents

New data shows Chicago residents feel either immensely optimistic or pessimistic about the city based on factors like neighborhood, race and age. We take a closer look with the authors of the poll.

Trump to Test Emergency Alert System That Contacts Every Cell Phone

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An effort by FEMA to better warn U.S. residents of major emergencies and threats raises concerns about privacy and how the system could potentially be abused.

Cardinal Cupich Responds to Explosive Letter

Cardinal Blase Cupich speaks out after finding himself in the middle of a firestorm between a former Vatican official and Pope Francis.

City Utilizing Provision in Trump Tax Bill

The recent GOP federal tax cut law isn’t very popular among Democratic politicians. But city officials are taking advantage of one provision that could jump-start development in blighted areas.

Chicago Mayor’s Race: Candidate Pool Grows to 11, Poll Shows Emanuel in Lead

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 at a ribbon-cutting for a renovated CTA Blue Line station on the city’s Near West Side. (Chicago Tonight)

The candidate pool in the race for mayor grows once again – and a new poll has some surprising results.

Why Chicago Heating Bills Could Soar This Winter

An alderman is raising the alarm on the skyrocketing cost of natural gas prices in the city. 

Obama Foundation Construction Draws Community Ire

Some community groups are speaking out after construction equipment was seen removing trees and digging up the field on the southern end of Jackson Park. 

Mayor, Police Department Ask for Community Help After Deadliest Weekend of 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 about Chicago’s violent weekend.

After Chicago’s most violent weekend of the year, city officials and community activists try to identify what sparked the rash of shootings and homicides.

Willie Wilson Gives Away More Cash, Comes Under New Scrutiny

“This is not a political situation. We’ve been doing this for the last 10, 15, 20 years,” Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson said Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 of his foundation’s giveaways of money. (Chicago Tonight)

A watchdog group takes action against the Chicago mayoral candidate’s campaign for behavior they believe is unethical and improper.

CPS Watchdog: Byrd-Bennett Helped Company Land $67M in Contracts

Former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett (Chicago Tonight file photo)

A for-profit company that contracts with Chicago Public Schools comes under fire in a new report for its connections to convicted former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

Emanuel, Burke Sued Over Workers’ Compensation

Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, 14th Ward. (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Why a longtime political gadfly and a city worker are suing Mayor Rahm Emanuel and powerful Ald. Ed Burke in federal court.

Deal Struck for Federal Oversight of Chicago Police Department

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson discuss steps toward oversight of the Chicago Police Department on Aug. 29, 2017.

Agreement has been reached on a draft consent decree that would allow an independent federal monitor to enact major changes within the Chicago Police Department.

Consent Decree, Gang Database Front and Center at City Council

“On this case, I think it’s more important to get it right, than get it fast,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday about reaching agreement on a police consent decree. (Chicago Tonight)

Talks on a police consent decree hit a snag as City Council moves to weaken a controversial police gang database. 

$70 Million Albany Park Floodwater Tunnel Goes Online

The latest on a major city infrastructure project that officials say was made necessary because of climate change.

Parties Near Agreement on Chicago Police Consent Decree

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson discuss steps toward oversight of the Chicago Police Department on Aug. 29, 2017.

An agreement to bring federal court oversight to the Chicago Police Department is nearly finished – with one major hang-up.