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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

It’s an age-old adage: How you frame a political debate goes a long way to determining whether or not you’re likely to win. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM
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By Associated Press

Senate OKs Incentives For OfficeMax, Univar

Senate OKs Incentives For OfficeMax, Univar

The Illinois Senate has approved tax incentives worth roughly $58 million for chemical distributor Univar and newly-merged OfficeMax and Office Depot. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Gov. Quinn To Sign Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Today

A packed house is expected to be on hand to witness Gov. Pat Quinn will sign SB10 at 3:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM
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By Ward Room Staff, The Associated Press

Gay Marriage Opponents Rally in Springfield

The "Defend Marriage Lobby Day" event is sponsored by the Illinois Family Institute. It follows Tuesday's "March on Springfield" protest by gay marriage supporters. Read »

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Lawmakers to Discuss $138B Pension Deal

Lawmakers to Discuss $138B Pension Deal

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has been working to build support for the proposal, hoping that lawmakers will be able to act on it during the Oct. 22 veto session. Read »

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 7:07 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Alan Dixon: I Lost Because I Voted For Clarence Thomas

Alan Dixon: I Lost Because I Voted For Clarence Thomas

In an interview connected to the release of his memoir, "The Gentleman from Illinois," talks about when Washington was a bipartisan place -- and how his refusal to participate in partisanship ended his career. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Former Senator Alan Dixon Signs Book Tonight

Former Senator Alan Dixon Signs Book Tonight

Dixon, who served from 1981 to 1993, until his defeat by Carol Moseley Braun, will be at Boone's Saloon in Springfield from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Read »

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 »

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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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