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President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the White House on the final day of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (WTTW News via CNN)

A norm-busting Republican National Convention comes to an end. Kenosha takes the national spotlight after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. And COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Illinois.

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President Donald Trump speaks from the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump blasted Joe Biden as a hapless career politician who will endanger Americans’ safety as he accepted his party’s renomination on the South Lawn of the White House. 

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appear together at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (WTTW News)

President Donald Trump will accept his party’s nomination for president at the Republican National Convention on Thursday. We take a close look at GOP talking points with two accomplished speechwriters.

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Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Bost appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (WTTW News)

Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Bost shares his perspective on civil unrest, mail-in voting and the 2020 general election as part of our special coverage of the Republican National Convention.

Plus: Spotlight Politics team recaps Pence’s speech and previews the finale

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Vice President Mike Pence arrives with his wife Karen Pence to speak on the third day of the Republican National Convention at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Republicans proceeded with the third night of their national convention, but many Americans — particularly those in the path of Hurricane Laura — were focused on more immediate concerns. 

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Clockwise, from left: State Reps. Dan Brady, John Cabello and Terri Bryant appear on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (WTTW News)

The president’s wife and children present the case for their dad’s reelection. Republican state lawmakers share their thoughts about the Republican National Convention so far.

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State Sen. Bill Brady appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (WTTW News)

As part of our special coverage of the Republican National Convention, we speak with Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady.

Plus: Spotlight Politics team breaks it all down

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First lady Melania Trump speaks on the second day of the Republican National Convention from the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

First lady Melania Trump offered a polished portrait of Trump’s presidency Tuesday night that was often at odds with the crises, division and unforgiving actions of his administration.

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Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, a Democrat, speaks at the Republican National Convention on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (WTTW News via RNC)

We take a closer look at the role race has played in the political conventions — especially at the opening night of the Republican National Convention.

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Illinois Republican Jeanne Ives appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (WTTW News)

As part of our special coverage of the Republican National Convention, we speak with Jeanne Ives, Republican candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 6th District.

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First-time delegate Kevin Suggs appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (WTTW News)

Many Republican delegates will be watching the convention from their couches this week, missing the usual excitement of an in-person event. We check in with two first-time delegates for their impressions so far.

Plus: Spotlight Politics team on winners, losers

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President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the “Farmers to Families Food Box Program” at Flavor First Growers and Packers, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Mills River, N.C. (AP Photo / Nell Redmond)

President Donald Trump aggressively asserted control over the Republican National Convention on Monday, overshadowing the prime-time speakers, as he made clear he wants voters to focus on him. 

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President Donald Trump has the fundraising advantage on Democratic nominee Joe Biden, but in Illinois, Republicans are the underdogs when it comes to both power and cash.

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The leader of the Chicago Republican Party said Monday that he is expecting to hear a strong “law and order” message from this week’s National Republican Convention combined with a hopeful economic vision for the future.

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Paris Schutz has a report from day one of the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa.

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“They were asking for $25 billion,” said U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, who voted against $25 billion in funding for the Postal Service. “This goes on the proverbial credit card, no way to pay for it.”

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