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Friday, Jul 7, 2017 at 6:09 AM
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By Shelby Bremer

What Illinois' New Budget Means for Residents

After more than two years of Illinois’ historic stalemate, lawmakers voted to...View gallery »

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:48 PM

See How Illinois Reps Voted on GOP Health Care Bill

The Republican health care bill narrowly passed in the House Thursday, delivering...View gallery »

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 at 6:02 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

Here's Who's Running for Governor of Illinois

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Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:11 PM
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By Tom Schuba

Where’s Your Illinois Congressman This Week?

As the 115th Congress breaks this week for its first recess, many Illinois...View gallery »

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

Where Illinois Officials Stand on Trump's Immigration Order

Following protests at airports across the country in opposition to President...View gallery »

Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Top 10 New Illinois Laws for 2017

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Monday, Dec 14, 2015 at 4:07 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Year in Review: Top Illinois Politics Stories of 2015

The year 2015 was a roller coaster for many prominent Illinois politicians, both...View gallery »

Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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By Salina Jewell

Illinois General Election Guide 2014

November 4 is election day for Illinois residents to vote for who they would like...View gallery »

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn's 'Rauneropoly' Game Will Give You Nightmares; Chicago Media Hates Valerie Jarrett

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn's 'Rauneropoly' Game Will Give You Nightmares; Chicago Media Hates Valerie Jarrett

It's Friday! And that means another This Week in Mudslinging report on the over-the-top, openly hostile, endlessly entertaining alternate universe that is Illinois politics. Some would call it the 10th circle of... Read »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Unleashes Anti-Quinn Media Blitz Targeting Chicago Voters

Rauner Unleashes Anti-Quinn Media Blitz Targeting Chicago Voters

The same day President Obama arrived in Chicago to stump for Gov. Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner—the deep-pocketed investor gunning to steal Quinn's job for the GOP—unleashed a trio of new attack ads apparently... Read »

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