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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs $1 Billion Road Project Plan

Quinn Signs $1 Billion Road Project Plan

The Chicago Democrat approved the bipartisan legislation that also will provide lawmakers with opportunities to attend popular ribbon-cutting ceremonies in an election year. The plan got overwhelming support in... Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM
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By The Associated Press

Quinn OKs MediPot for Kids With Epilepsy

Quinn OKs MediPot for Kids With Epilepsy

The measure adds seizures to the list of treatable conditions in the state's medical cannabis program and allows children with seizures from epilepsy to consume oil from the marijuana plant with a parent's... Read »

Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Illinois Law a Boost to Ex-Offenders Seeking Jobs

Illinois Law a Boost to Ex-Offenders Seeking Jobs

Ex-offenders in Illinois won't have to disclose their criminal pasts until private employers first evaluate their job skills, under a new law signed Saturday by Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax "Trailer Parks" If Elected Governor

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax

Bruce Rauner handed Pat Quinn yet another opening to attack his one-percenter lifestyle when the Republican gubernatorial candidate mistakenly pitched a plan to tax trailer parks. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Let's be clear: Chris Christie is up to something. Because every presidential hopeful who visits Chicago to stump for someone else has a self-serving ulterior motive: money, money and more money. The Windy City,... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 11:46 PM
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By Sara Burnett
      

Quinn Faces Questions About Anti-Violence Program

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, fighting to hold onto his seat and his reputation as a reformer who's cleaned up state government, is facing questions about a now-defunct anti-violence program he started in... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 6:33 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Releases 2,000 Emails in Anti-Violence Program Probe

Quinn Releases 2,000 Emails in Anti-Violence Program Probe

Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has released thousands of emails to a panel of lawmakers investigating his troubled anti-violence program. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 4:01 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party

Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party

Once a venture capitalist, always a venture capitalist. Bruce Rauner, Illinois' Republican candidate for governor, received $853,450 in campaign donations from July 3-9 and invested another $750,000 into the... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 3:48 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Political Attack Ads Target 'Drama'-Craving Crime Show Viewers

Political Attack Ads Target 'Drama'-Craving Crime Show Viewers

There's a reason why your primetime "Law & Order: SVU" binges are being interrupted with an increasing number of negative political commercials. As it happens, politicians' campaigns and the special interests... Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Bruce Rauner says he regrets investing in a Chicago venture capital firm that did shady business with City Hall under the reign of Mayor Richard. M. Daley, the Sun-Times reports. Read »

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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