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Political coverage of Chicago and Illinois state elections and the 2020 presidential election.

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Cook County Democrats endorse Kim Foxx, Michael Cabonargi

Cook County Democrats on Friday endorsed State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for reelection and named Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi as the party’s pick to replace retiring Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown.

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Trump tells man at New Hampshire rally to ‘go home, start exercising’

The person the president said had a "serious weight problem" ended up being an enthusiastic Trump supporter.

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Field of challengers to replace Dorothy Brown grows

Former Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin is in. Meanwhile, Cook County President Todd Stroger and a former aldermanic candidate are also considering making a run for clerk of the circuit court.

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Biden casts 2020 race as test of country’s character

Only Biden has made questions of character — that of Trump and the nation — the centerpiece of his White House bid.

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Kim Foxx gets first official Democratic challenger to her re-election bid

Bill Conway, a former assistant state’s attorney, officially announced he is vying to unseat Foxx.

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Former Dem judge says he’ll run against Kim Foxx as Republican

Former Cook County Judge Pat O’Brien, once a high-ranking county prosecutor, argued that under Kim Foxx, "The only people who can say they are safer are the people committing crimes."

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Black voters say they won’t forget Trump’s racist tweets

Dozens of black leaders, activists and voters in pivotal swing states said they’re motivated to vote in the 2020 election.

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First 2020 Democrat drops out of race

The apparent end of Eric Swalwell’s campaign comes amid questions about his viability after he abruptly canceled campaign events last week in the early-voting state of New Hampshire.

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Mayor Pete on lack of minority support: Voters ‘need to get to know me’

Buttigieg said when you’re "new on the scene and you’re not from a community of color, you’ve got to work much harder in order to earn that trust."

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Say it ain’t so, Joe

Joe Biden served eight years alongside former President Barack Obama, and his civil rights record wasn’t attacked during that time. Does this mean Obama misled black people by supporting someone who gave comfort to segregationists?

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Rep. Bobby Rush endorses Kamala Harris for president as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime leader’

Rush will serve as Harris’ Illinois campaign chair and calls her the ‘only candidate prepared to fight for all Americans.’

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Lightfoot holds another fundraiser, adding to the nearly $400K she has already raised since her historic election

The latest fundraiser was hosted by Chicago restaurant owner Carmen Rossi. Tickets ranged from $250 to $5,000. The location was disclosed only to those who returned an RSVP.

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After Democratic debates, Biden, Warren, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, de Blasio vault to Chicago

Warren holds a free public town hall at Roosevelt University on Friday night, after the first Democratic debates on Wednesday and Thursday. Here’s a guide to navigate the crowded debate stage, featuring 10 rivals each evening.

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Here’s the finalized lineup for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates

Twenty presidential hopefuls will debate over two nights in late June.

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Henry Hyde, the man behind the anti-abortion amendment Biden now opposes

A former suburban Chicago GOP lawmaker, Rep. Henry Hyde, who died in 2007, authored the Hyde Amendment banning federal funds for most abortions.

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Joe Biden reverses course, says he now supports using federal dollars for abortions

Joe Biden is now saying a long-standing congressional ban would prevent poor women from exercising their constitutional rights to terminate a pregnancy.

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Pritzker signs budget, income tax rates bill for his ‘fair tax’ plan — touts ‘new era of fiscal stability’

Pritzker signed the income tax measure, as well as three budget bills — the operating budget, the revenue for the spending and a budget implementation measure. And part of that spending plan includes a controversial measure: a cost-of-living $1,600 pay bump for lawmakers.

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Illinois sends 13 Democrats to the House. Four want to see Trump impeached or to launch an impeachment inquiry.

Launching an inquiry allows for the start of House Judiciary panel hearings to consider impeachment: crucial in fact-gathering and getting public support.

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House OKs budget, but Lightfoot calls gambling proposal a losing hand

And late Friday, the Illinois Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act, sending the bill to expand and protect abortion rights to the governor’s desk.

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Overtime: Madigan pushes legislative session into weekend, raising stakes and questions

The announcement was a surprise, even with the vast amount of work to be done. That’s because negotiations had been led by Democrats — the party that holds the governor’s mansion and supermajorities in both legislative chambers.

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Springfield scramble: Crunch time for legislators on pot, gaming, budget, other issues

The clock is ticking. Legislators will have to quickly digest the budget. And there are still changes being made to a capital plan that currently includes a gas tax hike, a $1 tax on cigarettes and vaping and several other controversial taxes.

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Chicago mega-casino in the cards? Gambling bill could add casinos, video gaming across state

Link said it would be part of a broader deal creating six new casinos across the state and bringing slot machines to three horse racing tracks, essentially turning them into casinos as well.

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Fact-check: No, Pritzker-like tax rates did not drive wealthy from New York

What Murphy neglected to mention during the press conference was that Cuomo wasn’t criticizing his state’s graduated income tax rate structure.

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County’s anti-harassment panel releases recommendations

The working group was convened last October, a month after Preckwinkle fired her to aide John Keller for allegations of sexual harassment.

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Democrats’ Springfield message: It’s their party, and Republicans can cry if they want to

Democrats are completely back in charge in Springfield, and when push comes to shove, and at some point it always does, they’re going to do things their way.

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Lightfoot taps former City Clerk del Valle as school board chief to ‘hit the ground running’

Del Valle said Tuesday he has discussed the school board with Lightfoot. But, del Valle insisted that nothing had been finalized.

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When it comes to property taxes, Democrats can spell relief — but that’s about it

House Democrats moved to smooth the way for a new state graduated income tax by advancing a pair of proposals ostensibly aimed at local property tax bills.

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After emotional debate, Illinois House OKs abortion-rights measure

In tears, state Rep. Avery Bourne, who is pregnant, warned the measure is a "massive expansion that will impact viable babies."

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Graduated income tax question heads to ballot as House OKs constitutional amendment

The move means Illinois voters will decide next year if the state’s flat-tax structure should be removed from the constitution and replaced with a graduated income tax.

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Waning days of spring session to reveal Pritzker’s big wins — or losses

Legalizing marijuana and expanding gambling in the state are still up in the air as session winds down in Springfield.

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Expected House passage of graduated income tax just start of long campaign

Illinois voters get rare chance to vote directly on major public policy issue—and the political ads that go with it.

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Will latest changes make sports betting bill — and casinos — a winning wager?

The fight to expand gambling in the state has seen its fair share of struggles, mainly because the bill in years past had covered too many complex issues with too many competing interests.