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Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Anshoo Sethi, the social-climbing young con artist who suckered prominent Illinois politicians into supporting his sham real-estate venture, has been indicted on federal charges of wire fraud and making false... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Associated Press

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Durbin spokesman Ron Holmes says nothing is finalized and campaigns were still in discussions. He says the emails didn't include one asking Oberweis' campaign if they wanted to move forward with proposed... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Mosely

Politics Reign at Illinois State Fair's Governor's Day

Democrats try to rally the vote during traditionally difficult non-presidential election year. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

A trio of Wisconsin politicians -- Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus -- came down to Illinois with claws out, deploying insults about President... Read »

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Oberweis Attacks Durbin in 'Dick Nixon' Radio Spot

Midterm Elections: Oberweis Attacks Durbin in 'Dick Nixon' Radio Spot

Jim Oberweis has launched his most negative attack yet on U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, releasing a radio ad that compares the Illinois Democrat to Richard Nixon. Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Amtrak Answers Quinn's Call on Revamping Chicago-to-Carbondale Track

Amtrak Answers Quinn's Call on Revamping Chicago-to-Carbondale Track

Amtrak says it's "happy to do the work suggested" by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin, who have jointly asked the rail company to commission a study on adding extra trains to its fast-growing... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM
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By Associated Press

Oberweis Says Durbin 'Bullied' Walgreen Co.

As U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin declared victory Wednesday for Walgreen Co.'s decision to keep its headquarters in Illinois, Republican businessman Jim Oberweis accused him of "bullying," saying the Senate's... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Emanuel Praise Walgreen's Decision to Remain in Illinois

Illinois politicians are praising Walgreen's decision to keep its headquarters in suburban Chicago rather than take it overseas to save on corporate taxes. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 6:49 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Walgreens Considers Moving Headquarters to Switzerland

Sen. Dick Durbin proposes bill that would shut off federal contracts to companies leaving the U.S. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 4:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Anshoo Sethi, the young owner of a failed O'Hare-area motel, managed to trick Illinois' political heavies into supporting his grand ambition to erect a massive $913 million hotel-and-convention center near... Read »

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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