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Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Gov. Quinn Opposes Soldier Field Expansion

Gov. Quinn Opposes Soldier Field Expansion

Dreams of Chicago hosting a Super Bowl are getting bleaker by the day. Read »

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern
      

Quinn Hits The Gap to Tout Minimum Wage Increase

While Bruce Rauner surrounded himself with Democrats and independents Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn focused on the issue of raising the minimum wage in Illinois. Read »

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Goes Hollywood For Campaign Fundraising

Quinn Goes Hollywood For Campaign Fundraising

The Chicago Democrat flew to Los Angeles on Friday for a fundraiser attended by actors and others in the movie industry. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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By Associated Press

Gov. Quinn Grants Clemency to 38 People

Gov. Quinn Grants Clemency to 38 People

Thirty-eight people have been granted clemency by Gov. Pat Quinn for crimes that date back decades. Read »

Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Quinn Picks Paul Vallas as Running Mate

Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday announced Paul Vallas, the former chief of Chicago Public Schools, as his running mate in the 2014 governor's race. Read »

Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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By John O'Connor

Ill. Prison Guards Made $62M in OT Last Year

Ill. Prison Guards Made $62M in OT Last Year

Overtime pay for Illinois' prison guards reportedly jumped 34 percent last year as the state grappled with its overcrowded penal system and Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to close some facilities. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 3:19 PM
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By Associated Press

Agency Rejects Quinn's Illiana Expressway

Agency Rejects Quinn's Illiana Expressway

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning board members voted 10-4 against the project, but final decision comes next week. Read »

Monday, Oct 7, 2013 at 7:04 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Urges End to Shutdown in Letter to Boehner

Quinn Urges End to Shutdown in Letter to Boehner

Governor warns shutdown will cause more Illinois layoffs. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Responds to Daley Dropout

Quinn Responds to Daley Dropout

Governor says he's focused on his day job. Read »

Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Raises Rural Speed Limit to 70 MPH

Illinois Raises Rural Speed Limit to 70 MPH

Urban counties will remain at the 65 mph limit. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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