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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 »

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michael Madigan Wants Your Feedback on $10 Minimum Wage

Michael Madigan Wants Your Feedback on $10 Minimum Wage

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to crowd-source voters' opinion on raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour by adding an advisory referendum to the November ballot. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Toni Preckwinkle 'Optimistic' About Cook County Pension Deal

Toni Preckwinkle 'Optimistic' About Cook County Pension Deal

A spokesperson for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she's "still optimistic" about getting a pension deal passed in Springfield this month, Crain's Chicago Business reports. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Will GOP's Beefed-Up Voter Outreach Work in Illinois?

Will GOP's Beefed-Up Voter Outreach Work in Illinois?

It's a seemingly impossible mission, but the GOP is deploying more money and staffers in an attempt to break the Democratic stronghold in blue-state Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Democratic Super-Donor Fred Eychaner Talks Quinn-Rauner Race

Democratic Super-Donor Fred Eychaner Talks Quinn-Rauner Race

Fred Eychaner -- the media-shy Chicago businessman and top donor to progressive super PACs -- has emerged from the shadows for an interview with the National Journal, his first in nearly a decade. 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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