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Tiger Woods-Designed Golf Course in Jackson Park Gets Green Light

The Chicago Park District takes the first steps to bring a Tiger Woods-inspired golf course to Jackson Park, but not without controversy.

President Obama’s Farewell Address: What to Expect

A little more than eight years ago, Barack Obama gave his presidential acceptance speech in Grant Park. Tuesday, he’ll bookend his presidency with a much anticipated farewell address at McCormick Place.

Budget ‘Grand Bargain’ Shaping Up in Springfield

| Amanda Vinicky
The Illinois State Capitol (Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons). Inset: Senate President John Cullerton, Republican Leader Christine Radogno.

After nearly two years of budget gridlock, spiraling deficits and political acrimony in Springfield, a grand bargain on the budget is coming together in the Illinois Senate.

Justice Department to Conclude CPD Investigation Next Week

The incoming Trump administration has signaled a different direction with its policies on policing and civil rights. Does that mean Chicago may not have to comply with this report?

Gov. Rauner on Budget: ‘I’m Flexible’

The state begins the new year, once again, without a budget. A one-on-one with Gov. Bruce Rauner to find out how he plans to finally come to a compromise.

Illinois Delegation Split on Repeal of Obamacare

Tammy Duckworth (left) is sworn in as senator Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the 115th Congress was sworn in, including new members from the Illinois delegation. Up next, according to congressional leaders, is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. How will that work, and will the Democratic Party aim to block it?

Study: Illinois’ Fiscal Mess Will Take a Decade to Fix

(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

It’s no secret that Illinois is in a perilous fiscal situation. But just how bad is it? A new study aims to answer that question definitively.

City, ‘Secret Santa’ Save Uptown Homeless Shelter

(Chicago Tonight)

The city of Chicago and a generous “secret Santa” stepped in at the eleventh hour to keep a North Side homeless shelter open after months and months of public protest. What does it mean for the city's homeless population?

Lawsuit Forces Emanuel’s Hand on Emails

What do billionaire Ken Griffin, Gov. Bruce Rauner and a select few Chicago aldermen have in common? They all had direct access to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's personal email account on which he conducted city business.

Trump and the Future of Climate Change Research

Why did the Trump transition team target Department of Energy staffers who worked on climate change? What does the future hold for climate research and nuclear weapons? A one-on-one interview with the current U.S. Secretary of Energy.

Will Madigan Face Challenge for Speaker of the House?

Could Republicans and some Democrats actually plot to dethrone longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan?

Illinois Lawmakers Look to Expand, Protect Abortion Rights

In light of anti-abortion comments made by President-elect Donald Trump, a pair of proposed state bills would protect and expand abortion rights in Illinois.

Cullerton: Rauner Holding Up Budget, Pension Reform

Legislative leaders and the governor are in a high-stakes game of chicken. A one-on-one with Senate President John Cullerton to see how he proposes ending the Springfield stalemate.

Mayor Emanuel Meets with President-Elect Trump

(Courtesy of CNN)

The mayor delivers a letter to Donald Trump, urging the president-elect to protect the status of Dreamers.

Chicago Police Department Mulling Changes to Use of Force Policy

Eddie Johnson (Chicago Tonight)

When is a police officer allowed to fire a weapon? The Chicago Police Department is set to release new rules on that, but they are already drawing criticism.

West Side Residents Approve Higher Taxes for Mental Health

Why residents on the West Side of Chicago voted overwhelmingly to raise their property taxes a bit higher than the rest of the city.

Rauner Defends Support of Exelon Bill, Veto of CPS Funds

Speaking before a group that opposed the recent bill to raise electric rates and bail out two failing nuclear plants, Gov. Bruce Rauner explained why he supported it.

Giant Transit TIF Unanimously Passes City Council

Why the City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to create a massive TIF district to fund the CTA.

O’Hare Workers Go On Strike

(Chicago Tonight)

Hundreds of airport workers on Tuesday took to the picket lines around terminals 2 and 3 to protest for higher wages and better work conditions. 

Exelon Slims Down Massive Energy Bill

(Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

Will there be a radical change in how consumers pay electricity bills in Illinois? 

Cook County Approves Soda Tax

The ordinance passed by a slim 9-8 vote, with Board President Toni Preckwinkle casting the deciding vote.

How Trump Presidency Affects Chicago

As protesters hit the streets Wednesday evening, we assess what Donald Trump’s coming presidency means for Chicago, and why Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he doesn’t expect Trump will punish the city.

Duckworth Defeats Kirk in Heated US Senate Race

| Brandis Friedman

“Tonight, we showed a campaign that respects voters and is focused on practical solutions rather than shopworn slogans can be successful,” Duckworth said during her victory speech.

Most State Government Offices Closed on Election Day

A sign at the Chicago North Secretary of State Facility, located at 5401 N. Elston Ave., announces the office is closed until Wednesday. (Paris Schutz / Chicago Tonight)

All Illinois Secretary of State offices and most other state government agencies are closed Tuesday, as Illinois recognizes Election Day as one of 13 paid holidays that workers receive throughout the year. 

Referenda on Transportation Funding, Government Merger on Ballot

How voters in Cook County and Illinois get to decide on more than just candidates in Tuesday's election. The skinny on two binding ballot referenda that voters must decide on.