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Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM
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By Associated Press

Tight Illinois Budget Still Contains Pet Projects

Tight Illinois Budget Still Contains Pet Projects

Among expenses in the $35.7 billion spending plan, tucked into a document thousands of pages long, are millions of dollars for pet projects statewide. They range from a new school in House Speaker Michael... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Report Alleges Madigan Used Influence for Metra Hiring

Report Alleges Madigan Used Influence for Metra Hiring

Homer said in the report that Madigan used "timing and persistence" to pressure board members into executing his will on personnel decisions at the agency. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Lawmaker Resigns From Post

Illinois Lawmaker Resigns From Post

Chuck Jefferson is a Rockford Democrat who has held office since 2001. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner's Term Limit Referendum May Be On November Ballot

Rauner's Term Limit Referendum May Be On November Ballot

New development sure to make Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan very unhappy. Read »

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Madigan's Lincoln Library Bill: Dead In the Water?

Madigan's Lincoln Library Bill: Dead In the Water?

Michael Madigan's last-minute bid to turn the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum into a separate state agency is apparently going nowhere. Read »

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Gov. Quinn Delays Emergency Repairs to Executive Mansion

Opinion: Gov. Quinn Delays Emergency Repairs to Executive Mansion

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's mansion is in bad shape, but he's postponing pricey repairs in an apparent move to save face this election year. Read »

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Michael Madigan's Lincoln Library Plot Raises Patronage Concerns

While you were at a picnic this Memorial Day weekend, Michael Madigan was busy indoors, masterminding a patronage-fueled plot to transfer control of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from... Read »

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michael Madigan's 'Millionaire Tax' Ballot Question Wins House Approval

Michael Madigan's 'Millionaire Tax' Ballot Question Wins House Approval

Michael Madigan has successfully pushed his "millionaire tax" measure through the Illinois House as part of a mission to get an advisory referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot asking voters whether they would... Read »

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 4:28 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois Lawmakers Play Hooky for Softball Game

Illinois Lawmakers Play Hooky for Softball Game

It's a beautiful day for a ballgame -- especially for Illinois lawmakers cutting out of work early. Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Blasts Dems for Budget Process

Rauner Blasts Dems for Budget Process

Rauner talked to reporters in Northbrook Monday as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn was set to meet with lawmakers in Springfield. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Rauner calls this year's budget process "playing... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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.

Ed Burke

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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