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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 5:23 AM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Casino Plan Draws Support at Hearing

Chicago Casino Plan Draws Support at Hearing

A proposal for a state-owned Chicago casino won praise Wednesday from business groups and a warmer reception from a state regulatory board than past attempts to expand gambling, but the plan also drew criticism... Read »

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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By Associated Press

Gaming Board Won't Let Casinos Stay Open 24 Hours

Gaming Board Won't Let Casinos Stay Open 24 Hours

The Illinois Gaming Board has decided not to allow the state's 10 casinos to operate around the clock. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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By SOPHIA TAREEN
      

Gov. Quinn: Illinois Has Chance To Make History

Gov. Pat Quinn said Illinois lawmakers have a chance to make history on two fronts this month by approving a plan to fix the state's decades-old pension crisis and legalizing same-sex marriage. Read »

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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By SOPHIA TAREEN

Mayor, Ill. Lawmakers Make Case for Chicago Casino

Mayor, Ill. Lawmakers Make Case for Chicago Casino

Visitors to the nation's third-largest city are usually spotted wandering the Magnificent Mile, snapping pictures of the Willis Tower and sampling Chicago-style deep dish pizza, but if some persistent... Read »

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Gaming Board, Lawmakers Aim to Overcome Insults

Gaming Board, Lawmakers Aim to Overcome Insults

A verbal fracas between state regulators and pro-gambling lawmakers — including an exchange of insults and accusations as if they were kids in a schoolyard — has resulted in cautious pledges to work together to... Read »

Monday, Mar 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Gov. Quinn Vetoes Illinois Gambling Expansion

Gov. Quinn Vetoes Illinois Gambling Expansion

Says Senate Bill 744 lacks the regulatory oversight to keep corruption out of gambling. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:22 AM
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By Al Romero

Labor Boss Proposes Chicago Casino at Thompson Center

Labor Boss Proposes Chicago Casino at Thompson Center

An influential labor chief in Chicago is proposing the Thompson Center as the location for a casino in Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Indiana Braces For Casino Revenue Loss

Indiana Braces For Casino Revenue Loss

New competition creating a fight for available gambling dollars. Read »

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Quinn, Rahm Close on Chicago Casino Deal

Gov. Pat Quinn actually tried to give Mayor Rahm Emanuel a hug today. Quinn drew the mayor closer to the podium Friday as they both seemed to finally be on the same page when it comes to a Chicago casino. At a... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Gambling Bill Still on Table: Quinn

Gambling Bill Still on Table: Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn is going to allow legislators to press their luck one more time to pass a gambling bill that would put a Casino in Chicago. 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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