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Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 4:04 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Lobbying in Cook County at All-Time High

Lobbying in Cook County at All-Time High

Cook County Clerk David Orr says while lobbyists contacted Cook County officials less in 2013, the number of lobbyists and their compensation was higher than any year since online filing began. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Coin Flip to Break Election Day Tie

Coin Flip to Break Election Day Tie

Nearly a month after the general election, there's still one race to be decided in south suburban Stickney. Read »

Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 1:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois Pols React to Gay Marriage Advancement

Illinois Pols React to Gay Marriage Advancement

The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The bill now moves onto the House. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010 at 4:03 PM
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By Steve Bryant

Illinois Voter Turnout Expected to Be About 50 Percent

Illinois Voter Turnout Expected to Be About 50 Percent

Typical for an Illinois midterm, but polling places report heavy traffic. Read »

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