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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 10:19 AM
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By The Associated Press

Rutherford Asks for Dismissal of Sex Harassment Lawsuit

Rutherford Asks for Dismissal of Sex Harassment Lawsuit

A hearing on the motion to dismiss, filed Monday, scheduled for Thursday. Read »

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Ticket Quotas

Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Ticket Quotas

The bill also states that officers would not be evaluated based on the number of citations they give. Read »

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

House Bill Cracks Down On Rideshare Businesses

House Bill Cracks Down On Rideshare Businesses

Businesses such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar may soon have to drastically change the way they do business in Illinois. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 5:56 AM
      

State Lawmakers Pass Chicago Pension Overhaul

The state Legislature has approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for overhauling two Chicago pension programs, sending the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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By Associated PRess/Alexandria Fisher
      

Rahm's Pension Fix Clears Committee, Heads to House

An Illinois House committee has given quick approval to a plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to bail out two Chicago pension systems. Read »

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM
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By The Associated Press

Ill. House Passes Anti-Racial Profiling Bill

Ill. House Passes Anti-Racial Profiling Bill

Originally sponsored by Obama and Democratic Rep. Monique Davis of Chicago, the law mandated the collection of traffic stop data by Illinois law enforcement agencies beginning in 2004 for a three-year period.... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Quinn Proposes Making Income Tax Increase Permanent

Illinois' temporary income tax increase scheduled to roll back next year should remain in place, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed in his Wednesday budget address. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM
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By Sophia Tareen
      

Gov. Quinn Presents State Budget Proposal

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to stress his election-year theme of protecting the middle class as he presents a budget address Wednesday that political experts and lawmakers say could be his toughest yet. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Poll Shows Voter Conflict in Solving State Budget Woes

Poll Shows Voter Conflict in Solving State Budget Woes

A majority of respondents said they don't want a temporary income tax hike to become permanent. On the flip side, a majority of respondents said they also don't want to see spending cuts to programs which... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM
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By Carol Marin

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Even though incumbent Pat Quinn easily won the Democratic nomination Tuesday nights election results in some downstate counties show some troubling spots as he seeks his second full term. 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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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