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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 »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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By The Associated Press

Durbin, ATF Chief to Visit Chicago Crime Center

Durbin, ATF Chief to Visit Chicago Crime Center

ATF director B. Todd Jones will tour the new center that authorities hope will help stem gun-related violence in the nation's third latest city. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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By The Associated Press

Durbin to Putin: Take Responsibility for MH17 Crash

Durbin to Putin: Take Responsibility for MH17 Crash

Illinois Democrat called separatists "thugs," and said they've been "armed, financed and inspired by Vladimir Putin and the Russians." Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama heads home to her native Chicago next week for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Tio Hardiman Announces U.S. Senate Run Against Mark Kirk

Tio Hardiman Announces U.S. Senate Run Against Mark Kirk

It's official: Tio Hardiman will challenge Mark Kirk for U.S. Senate. The Chicago Democrat and former Illinois gubernatorial candidate made his announcement Tuesday afternoon, calling Republican Sen. Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Oberweis Targets Single Moms in New Ad

Opinion: Oberweis Targets Single Moms in New Ad

The GOP senatorial candidate has apparently taken Ward Room's advice and released a new-and-improved radio spot using a woman narrator instead of a man to introduce a pro-Oberweis testimonial geared toward... Read »

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