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Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Blasts Dems for Budget Process

Rauner Blasts Dems for Budget Process

Rauner talked to reporters in Northbrook Monday as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn was set to meet with lawmakers in Springfield. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Rauner calls this year's budget process "playing... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Illinois’ Budget Picture Bleak Despite Pension Reform

Illinois’ Budget Picture Bleak Despite Pension Reform

A new report says a project $160 billion in savings from recent pension reform legislation won't be enough to fix the state’s growing deficits. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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By Anthony Ponce

City Council Approves Mayor's 2014 Budget

City Council Approves Mayor's 2014 Budget

Spending package includes a few changes since Emanuel officially proposed it last month. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Nice Work, President Preckwinkle and Mayor Emanuel

Nice Work, President Preckwinkle and Mayor Emanuel

A new report shows Cook County and the City of Chicago identified more than $70 million in savings and revenue as part of its City-County Collaboration. Read »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 5:22 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Emanuel To Order 90-Day Hiring Freeze

Emanuel To Order 90-Day Hiring Freeze

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he plans to announce a 90-day hiring freeze on non-critical personnel when Chicago's 2014 budget is unveiled later this month. Read »

Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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By JOHN O'CONNOR

Business Leaders Criticize Quinn's Tax Loophole Plan

Business Leaders Criticize Quinn's Tax Loophole Plan

Gov. Pat Quinn says proposed legislation to end some corporate tax breaks is the best way to help pay down $9 billion in overdue bills. Read »

Sunday, Mar 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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By SARA BURNETT

Quinn Faces Tough Times for Budget Proposal

Quinn Faces Tough Times for Budget Proposal

Gov. Pat Quinn has a tough job ahead of him as he prepares to deliver his latest proposed budget for a state in financial disarray. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 3:38 PM
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By Alise Blunk

City Budget Passes 50-0

City Budget Passes 50-0

The 2012 budget would fill a $635.7 million deficit, and the new reforms would save taxpayers $417 million. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Anthony Ponce

Demonstrators Camp Out Inside City Hall

Demonstrators Camp Out Inside City Hall

On eve of budget vote, demonstrators protest proposed cuts to mental health facilities. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 9:54 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Aldermen Wringing Hands Over City Budget

Increased taxes and fees, coupled with staffing and budget cuts, will keep some aldermen burning the midnight oil Tuesday. 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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