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Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Illinois Speaker Sues Governor Over Paycheck

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Gov. Pat Quinn, alleging the veto power he used earlier this month to suspend lawmakers' pay was... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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By Kerry Lester, The Associated Press

Bad Credit Rating Costs State $130M Extra

Bad Credit Rating Costs State $130M Extra

Illinois taxpayers will pony up at least $130 million extra in interest payments for a bond sale this week due to lowered credit ratings because lawmakers have failed to solve the state's $97 billion pension... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM
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By Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press

Quinn Prepared to Call Special Session on Pensions

Quinn Prepared to Call Special Session on Pensions

Gov. Pat Quinn dangled the possibility Tuesday that he'll call lawmakers back for a special session on Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis, but he pressed Senate President John Cullerton and House... Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

State's Gay Marriage Bill Could Still be Called

State's Gay Marriage Bill Could Still be Called

Backers of a measure that would've legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois on Monday wrote a letter to advocates saying it's not the time for them "to splinter." It comes three days after the bill's sponsor,... Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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By The Associated Press

Compromise Reached on Concealed Carry in Illinois

Compromise Reached on Concealed Carry in Illinois

Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago said Thursday that fellow Democratic state Sen. Gary Forby of Benton will sponsor legislation that will be presented Friday. Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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By The Associated Press

Lawmakers Pass Nation's Toughest Fracking Regulations

Lawmakers Pass Nation's Toughest Fracking Regulations

Illinois lawmakers approved a measure Friday to create the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling, hoping to kick-start an industry that supporters say could generate thousands of... Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:45 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois Senate Rejects House Pension Reform Bill

Illinois Senate Rejects House Pension Reform Bill

The proposal pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan failed Thursday evening, with 16 voting "yes" and 42 voting "no." Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn to Call Lawmakers Together on Pensions

Quinn to Call Lawmakers Together on Pensions

Illinois House adjourned Friday without a pension reform deal and a Senate spokeswoman said that chamber wouldn't take any more pension votes. Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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By The Associated Press

Gambling Expansion Won't Get Vote

Gambling Expansion Won't Get Vote

The sponsor of a bill that would have added five new casinos in Illinois won't be calling the bill. That essentially kills gambling expansion for now. Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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By The Associated Press

Concealed Carry Bill Sent to Governor

Concealed Carry Bill Sent to Governor

The Illinois Legislature has approved a gun measure that would end the last statewide ban in the nation on the concealed possession of a firearm in public. 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

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