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Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Senator Arrested At O'Hare Pleads Guilty

Senator Arrested At O'Hare Pleads Guilty

Illinois Sen. Donne Trotter, charged with trying to board a plane in December with a handgun, was sentenced Wednesday to a year of court supervision. Read »

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Senator Appears in Court on Felony Charge

Senator Appears in Court on Felony Charge

State Sen. Donne Trotter was back in court Thursday, repeating his argument that he didn't know he had a gun in his bag when he tried to pass through security at O'Hare International Airport early last month. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

New Legislature Has 3 Charged Lawmakers

New Legislature Has 3 Charged Lawmakers

As members of Illinois' newest General Assembly took the oath of office Wednesday, the state that's still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison set yet another precedent... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark, Mary Ann Ahern

Trotter Drops Out of Race for JJJ's Vacant Seat

Trotter Drops Out of Race for JJJ's Vacant Seat

State Sen. Donne Trotter is out of the race for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s vacant House seat. Read »

Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 10:12 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Trotter Out of Race to Replace JJJ: Sources

Trotter Out of Race to Replace JJJ: Sources

Two other candidates in the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. separately say they've been told that Trotter has released his pollster and that late last week began making phone calls to let others know he... Read »

Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Gun Charge Won't Stop Trotter's Plans To Campaign

State Sen. Donne Trotter still plans to run for Illinois congressman despite a felony gun charge. Trotter, 62, a state lawmaker for 24 years who voted against conceal-carry legislation, was arrested last week at... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Felony Charge Won't Stop Trotter's Plan to Campaign

State Sen. Donne Trotter is not going to let felony charges stand his way of running for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s vacant seat. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

State Rep. Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges

State Rep. Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges

State Rep. La Shawn Ford pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to allegations he used a $500,000 line of credit meant to rehab homes for personal expenses. Read »

Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 at 8:27 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Arrest Not Derailing Trotter's Plans to Replace JJJr

State Sen. Donne Trotter isn't going to let a gun charge alter his plans to become the next congressman from Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

$25,000 Bond Set For Senator Arrested at O'Hare

Bond was set at $25,000 for Illinois Sen. Donne Trotter, charged with trying to board a plane Wednesday with a handgun. 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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