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Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Quinn Asks for Federal Aid for 15 Counties

Quinn Asks for Federal Aid for 15 Counties

The request includes Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will and Woodford counties. If granted, it would allow people and... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Quinn Asks for FEMA Help With Flood Assessments

Quinn Asks for FEMA Help With Flood Assessments

Governor has issued disaster declarations for 44 Illinois counties after last week's flooding. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn: FEMA Denies Appeal for Assistance

Quinn: FEMA Denies Appeal for Assistance

Seven people were killed when a tornado 200 yards wide and packing winds of 170 mph swept through the Saline County town of Harrisburg on Feb. 29. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 8:22 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Quinn Submits Appeal to FEMA

Quinn Submits Appeal to FEMA

Southern Illinois residents affected by the tornadoes and storms in February may still have a chance to receive federal relief aid. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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