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Friday, Nov 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM
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By Al Romero

Gambling Bill Vote Expected Next Week: Cullerton

Gambling Bill Vote Expected Next Week: Cullerton

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton expects a vote on a state gambling expansion next week, but the outcome is far from certain. Read »

Monday, Oct 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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By Edward McClelland

New York Opens Racino. Illinois Doesn't.

New York Opens Racino. Illinois Doesn't.
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As Gov. Pat Quinn puts his foot down on slots at racetracks, New York City's Aqueduct Racetrack opens a casino that attracts 15,000 gamblers. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011 at 6:59 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

'Can't Gamble Your Way to Prosperity': Quinn

Quinn said Tuesday gambling supporters are exaggerating the benefits of casinos in Illinois. "They make it sound like we're all going to go to heaven if we have a casino on every street corner," Quinn said. Read »

Monday, Oct 17, 2011 at 5:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn to Announce Casino 'Vision' Monday

Quinn to Announce Casino 'Vision' Monday

When Ward Room asked the governor's press reps, a spokesman confirmed the governor will "lay out his vision for the casino bill." Read »

Monday, Oct 17, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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By Michael Kaplan

Photo Poll: The Casino Divide

Gov. Pat Quinn announced he would veto a bill in its current form to expand... See Full Gallery »

Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 at 12:42 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

Track Owners Plead for Quinn's Signature

Track Owners Plead for Quinn's Signature

“We had a great meeting with the Governor. He’s very interested in the agribusiness in Illinois, so we wanted to explain to him the importance of this bill to horse racing," said Tim Carey, the President of... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Casino Bill Big Gamble for Racetrack Owners

Gov. Pat Quinn has reservations about bill, and that's got race track owners very nervous. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Former Schools CEO Duncan to Visit Chicago

Former Schools CEO Duncan to Visit Chicago
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Maybe Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can be the peacemaker between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn, who are at odds over casino legislation. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Emanuel, Quinn at Odds Over Casino

August 23 has come and gone, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is no closer to convincing Gov. Pat Quinn that Chicago’s golden casino ticket should become reality. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Quinn Can Afford to Veto Casinos

Why Quinn Can Afford to Veto Casinos

Pat Quinn has no chance of winning another term, so he has nothing to lose by vetoing the gambling bill Rahm Emanuel lobbied so hard to pass. 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.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .
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