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Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Lisa Madigan Says Choose Chicago Has Right to Remain Silent

Lisa Madigan Says Choose Chicago Has Right to Remain Silent

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Choose Chicago -- the city's tourism arm -- retains the right not to disclose how it spends government money. Read »

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM
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By Associated Press

3 More Counties to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

3 More Counties to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

While many Illinois counties are waiting until the state's new same-sex marriage becomes law in June and others are waiting for legal advice, the list of counties that will start issuing the licenses immediately... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 7:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Lisa Madigan Gives County Clerks Gay Marriage Green Light

Lisa Madigan Gives County Clerks Gay Marriage Green Light

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is telling Illinois' county clerks they have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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By Associated Press

Lisa Madigan Testifies on Data Breaches

Lisa Madigan Testifies on Data Breaches

The Illinois Attorney General told members of Congress that federal lawmakers need to take steps to better protect people's personal information. Read »

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Petcoke Story an Example of Government in Action

Opinion: Petcoke Story an Example of Government in Action

Sometimes, it’s important to take a moment and savor when government gets things right. Read »

Friday, Sep 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM
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By Don Babwin

Chicago May Pay $12.3M for 2 Police Torture Cases

Chicago May Pay $12.3M for 2 Police Torture Cases

Chicago aldermen on Friday recommended paying a total of $12.3 million to two more victims of the notorious police torture scandal that has dogged the city for more than two decades and has already cost it more... Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

2014 Illinois Governor Candidates

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has several challengers in 2014, including from within... See Full Gallery »

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Quinn Cancels 'Governor's Day' Rally

Quinn Cancels 'Governor's Day' Rally

Last year’s Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield wasn’t the best day for Governor Pat Quinn, but this year he’s moving to make sure some of last year’s woes don’t repeat. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Simon Expected To Announce Campaign For Comptroller

Simon Expected To Announce Campaign For Comptroller

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will begin her campaign with a fly-around to Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale. Read »

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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By Edward McClelland

What's Next For Lisa Madigan?

What's Next For Lisa Madigan?

If the history of Illinois attorney generals is any guide, she's more likely to become a judge than to rise in politics. We'd love to see her replace Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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