Cullerton Focused on November Election, Growing Supermajority

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While many in his party are already looking ahead to 2018, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he’s focusing on the upcoming November election and growing Democratic majorities in Illinois.

Obama Library to be Built in Jackson Park

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Japanese garden in Jackson Park (Steven Kevil / Creative Commons)

Jackson Park beat out Washington Park as the site for the future Obama Presidential Center, "Chicago Tonight" has confirmed. An official announcement is expected next week.

Voters Favor Durbin for 2018 Governor’s Race, Poll Shows

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Official portrait of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

Nearly 50 percent of registered Democratic voters would likely cast a vote for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in the 2018 race for Illinois governor, a new poll shows.

Air Pollution Action Day Issued for Wednesday

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A smog-filled day in Chicago in 2009. (Owen Clay / Flickr)

In response to the National Weather Service’s air quality alert, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has declared an Air Pollution Action Day for the Chicago area on Wednesday.

Photos: Democratic National Convention 2016, Day 2

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Former President Bill Clinton speaks on July 26 at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Clinton recounted the story of meeting his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and exalted her as a "change maker." (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Hillary Clinton made history on the second night of the Democratic National Convention while former President Bill Clinton told a rapt audience how he met his wife. Elsewhere in the city, protests raged on.

Toni Preckwinkle: Sanders Supporters ‘Will Fall in Line Behind’ Clinton

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, a Hillary Clinton delegate, says supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders “will fall in line behind” Clinton.

Hillary Clinton Secures Historic Democratic Nomination for President

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Hillary Clinton (Facebook)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday became the first woman in the history of the U.S. to earn a major party's nomination for president.

Local Health Officials Advise Lollapalooza Attendees to Stay Safe

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Coasts performs at Lollapalloza in 2015. (CestLaVibe.com / Flickr)

With an estimated 300,000 attendees of the marquee music fest expected this weekend, Illinois medical officials are preparing for an influx of patients.

Photography Exhibition Looks at Effects of Petroleum Coke in Chicago

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Petcoke piles with sprinklers at KCBX site on Calumet River, 2014. (Terry Evans / Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Photography)

For years, petroleum coke – the black, powdery byproduct of tar sands oil refineries – plagued the Southeast Chicago area along the Calumet River. Community and environmental activists protested and eventually influenced legislation regulating how the dusty byproduct is stored locally.

Talk of Chris Kennedy for Illinois Governor Heats Up on Day 2 of DNC

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Chris Kennedy (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Once again, the buzz among the Illinois Democratic delegation at breakfast Tuesday was the 2018 race for governor–and finding a challenger to take on Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Photos: Democratic National Convention 2016, Day 1

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Former Democratic presidential candidate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders delivers the final speech of the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Although plenty of Bernie Sanders supporters made their voices heard, Hillary Clinton's former presidential opponent stressed for unity, declaring Clinton "must become the next president of the United States."

US Rep. Luis Gutierrez Addresses DNC, Party Unity

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While the Democratic National Convention began with fissures in the party, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez says “people are coming together.”

Sanders Supporters Vocal on Day 1 of DNC

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A Bernie Sanders supporter protests outside Philadelphia City Hall on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

The Illinois delegation is divided among Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, and the latter are divided on whether or not to get behind the party's presumptive nominee. 

Illinois Democrats Urge Dick Durbin to Run for Governor

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Gov. Bruce Rauner's agenda and finding a Democratic challenger to take him on in 2018 were the focus of the opening breakfast of the Illinois delegation on Monday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Bernie Sanders Supporters March Through Heat on Eve of DNC

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Kimmie Knapp, Penny Neiman and Kristie Sollins travelled from southern Indiana to Philadelphia to support Bernie Sanders at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

A heat wave that struck Philadelphia on Sunday didn’t keep Bernie Sanders supporters from marching the city’s streets on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.

DNC: Powerful, Disjointed Illinois Democrats Arrive in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia City Hall (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Dozens of high-level Illinois Democratic officials are arriving Sunday in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. It's a stark contrast to the delegation at the Republican National Convention, where hardly an elected official was to be found. Though the Illinois delegates may be united by party title, they represent a cross section of differing philosophies that in some cases are bitterly at odds with each other.