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Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn's Blago Problem: He Can't Escape the Taint of Corruption

Quinn's Blago Problem: He Can't Escape the Taint of Corruption

It certainly doesn't help Gov. Quinn's campaign that Democratic precedessor, Rod Blagojevich, sits in federal prison outside Denver, serving a 14-year-sentence for corruption. Read »

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

How Quinn's Anti-Violence Program Spiraled Out of Control

How Quinn's Anti-Violence Program Spiraled Out of Control

Whoever said "all press is good press" does not work in the administration of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. A new criminal probe and federal inquiry into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) are the latest (and... Read »

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bruce Rauner Slams Quinn as "Fundamentally Corrupt"

Bruce Rauner Slams Quinn as

Bruce Rauner continues to deploy the two most powerful C-words in Illinois politics -- corruption and cronyism -- in his relentless, righteous crusade against Gov. Pat Quinn. The multi-millionaire Republican... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Prosecutors Target Quinn's Failed Anti-Violence Program

Prosecutors Target Quinn's Failed Anti-Violence Program

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has called a criminal investigation into Pat Quinn's $55 million anti-violence program at a most inopportune time for the Illinois governor as he seeks re-election this... Read »

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Kirk Proposes Legislation To End Sex Trafficking

Kirk Proposes Legislation To End Sex Trafficking

The proposed legislation targets advertising site Backpage.com for its "adult services" section. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Starts New Domestic Violence Task Force

Chicago Starts New Domestic Violence Task Force

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced the inter-governmental task force on Tuesday. It also will include efforts from Chicago police and the Department of Family and Support... Read »

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Quinn: 'Guns Are a Plague on Too Many of Our Communities'

Gov. Pat Quinn Sunday signed a new gun safety law that requires background checks for all gun purchasers statewide as well as the reporting of all lost and stolen guns for the first time in Illinois history. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 1:42 AM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Vanecko Indictment Sets Up 'He Said, She Said' Debate

Vanecko Indictment Sets Up 'He Said, She Said' Debate

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez revealed Monday she'd convened a grant jury to investigate David Koschman's death, but a judge says he had little confidence in the office. Read »

Monday, Dec 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Alvarez Says She Convened Koschman Grand Jury, Too

Alvarez Says She Convened Koschman Grand Jury, Too

Alvarez was urged in 2011 to open an investigation into how the Koschman death was investigated. At the time she said no favoritism was given to Vanecko because he was Daley's nephew, that there was no report or... Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg, Charlie Wojciechowski

Gangsters to be Pursued Like Mobsters

Gangsters to be Pursued Like Mobsters

New law targets street gangs by giving prosecutors the ability to punish gang leaders who give crime orders, not just gang members who commit violent crimes. 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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