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Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 1:38 PM
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By AP

Quinn Signs Teen Tanning Bed Ban

Quinn Signs Teen Tanning Bed Ban

Bill bans tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Mass. Governor Makes Good on Stanley Cup Bet

Deval Patrick volunteers at Chicago Food Depository. Read »

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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By Don Babwin

By Deadline, Few Towns Pass Assault Weapons Bans

By Deadline, Few Towns Pass Assault Weapons Bans

Faced with a new state law that gave them until Friday to ban or restrict assault weapons, the vast majority of villages, towns and cities in Illinois did nothing but let the deadline come and go. Read »

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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By Associated Press

Gun Charge Dismissed Due To Conceal Carry Law

Gun Charge Dismissed Due To Conceal Carry Law

A Champaign man will not be prosecuted for carrying a hidden gun, now that concealed carry is legal in Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

State Gun Makers Ponder Weapon Ban Strategy

State Gun Makers Ponder Weapon Ban Strategy

Gov. Quinn in favor of banning civilian sales of semi-automatic weapons. Read »

Friday, Dec 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM
      

School Shootings Add New Context to Ill. Gun Debate

Gov. Pat Quinn intends to spearhead "strict gun laws." Read »

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Will Illinois Leaders Fight Gun Ruling?

Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Gov. Pat Quinn's aides reviewing court decision. Read »

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Underwater Trash Collector Hits Chicago

Environmental group unveils remote control trash collector. Read »

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

Cigarette Tax Increase Passes Senate, Heads To Gov. Quinn

Cigarette Tax Increase Passes Senate, Heads To Gov. Quinn

The Senate voted to pass the tobacco tax and the proposal now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011 at 9:41 PM
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By Robert Rodriguez

Quinn Creates Environmental Justice Commission

Quinn Creates Environmental Justice Commission

New law calls for an assessment of Illinois' existing state environmental laws and policies. 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.

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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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