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Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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By The Associated Press

22 States Honor Illinois' Concealed Carry Permit

22 States Honor Illinois' Concealed Carry Permit

Illinois doesn't have a reciprocity agreement with any states, meaning Illinois doesn't recognize other state permits. Read »

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM
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By Chicago Sun-Times

Rauner Firm Faces Fines for Illegal Sign in Rogers Park

Rauner Firm Faces Fines for Illegal Sign in Rogers Park

A Cook County judge will decide whether Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, and his business partners must pay fines for illegally erecting a digital billboard on a building in West Rogers... Read »

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Colleges to Be Smoke-Free Indoors and Out

Illinois Colleges to Be Smoke-Free Indoors and Out

Illinois' public colleges are going smoke-free — indoors and out — starting next summer. Read »

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 5:19 PM
Quinn Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Quinn Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

8/16/2014: Watch Gov. Pat Quinn take the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral challenge intended to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Quinn also donated $100 to the ALS Association and... Watch »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Pegs Low Approval Rating on 'Economic Stress'

Emanuel Pegs Low Approval Rating on 'Economic Stress'

It's not me -- it's the economy, says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, responding to a bleak Chicago Tribune report on his downward spiraling job approval rating. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

When your approval rating starts off a campaign at 35 percent or lower, you have to be seen by at least some voters and political observers as the underdog. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:33 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Wants Apology Over GOP "Cow Tipping" Crack

Quinn Wants Apology Over GOP

Gov. Pat Quinn says his Republican challenger's running mate should apologize for a 2013 comment asking if "cow tipping" was a job requirement in Springfield. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Rauner's State Fair Day: Cheers, Beers and Steers

The unofficial CEO of the Winnetka chapter of the Hell's Angels, Bruce Rauner arrived by Harley Davidson to celebrate Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Rauner Rides to State Fair on Harley

After removing his helmet, the Winnetka businessman said he would lead an administration that is efficient and transparent. He repeated a vow, made following his primary victory, to sweep Gov. Pat Quinn into... Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:34 AM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment

Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment

He addressed reporters Thursday at a Chicago pipe and conduit manufacturer calling it a "momentous" day. Officials say unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. That's a drop from 9.2 percent one year ago and... 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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