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Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who was in the minority of senators voting against the Iraq War 12 years ago, says he he had "no choice" but to support President Obama's... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Associated Press

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Durbin spokesman Ron Holmes says nothing is finalized and campaigns were still in discussions. He says the emails didn't include one asking Oberweis' campaign if they wanted to move forward with proposed... Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 6:15 AM
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By The Associated Press

Cullerton Son Charged With Sexual Battery

Cullerton Son Charged With Sexual Battery

Carroll Cullerton, son of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, allegedly groped a woman in a bar. Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

The Hinsdale Republican is set to become chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. Read »

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Illinois Senate Republican Leader's Daughter Dies

Illinois Senate Republican Leader's Daughter Dies

Lisa Radogno, 31, died from massive pulmonary embolism. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM
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By The Associated Press

Quinn Signs "Cupcake" Regulations

Quinn Signs "Cupcake" Regulations

Law requires sellers to tell consumers the product was made in a home, among other things. Read »

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM
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By Sara Burnett and Kerry Lester

Illinois Legislature OKs "Incomplete" 2015 Budget

Illinois Legislature OKs "Incomplete" 2015 Budget

The Illinois Legislature sent a new state budget to Gov. Pat Quinn Friday that majority Democrats acknowledge puts off tough decisions about whether to slash spending or find new sources of revenue — including... Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM
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By The Associated Press

"Cupcake" Bill Advances in State Legislature

"Cupcake" Bill Advances in State Legislature

HB5354 would require sellers to go through sanitation training, pay fees, label ingredients, and let consumers know the product was made in a home kitchen. Read »

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Ticket Quotas

Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Ticket Quotas

The bill also states that officers would not be evaluated based on the number of citations they give. Read »

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

As the primaries get closer, make sure you're familiar with the most contentious and important races. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

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

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

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

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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