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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 5:23 AM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Casino Plan Draws Support at Hearing

Chicago Casino Plan Draws Support at Hearing

A proposal for a state-owned Chicago casino won praise Wednesday from business groups and a warmer reception from a state regulatory board than past attempts to expand gambling, but the plan also drew criticism... Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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By The Associated Press

Gambling Expansion Won't Get Vote

Gambling Expansion Won't Get Vote

The sponsor of a bill that would have added five new casinos in Illinois won't be calling the bill. That essentially kills gambling expansion for now. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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By Associated Press

House Advances Gambling Expansion Rewrite

House Advances Gambling Expansion Rewrite

Lawmaker says the core of the bill remains the same, but he's rewriting language on tax rates and is working with Gov. Pat Quinn's office on oversight of a Chicago casino, among other things. Read »

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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By Associated Press

State Senate OKs Refined Gambling Expansion Bill

State Senate OKs Refined Gambling Expansion Bill

Lawmakers have twice approved similar plans, but Gov. Pat Quinn rejected them. He said he wanted more ethical safeguards. Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Q&A: Why Illinois Racetracks Need Slots

Q&A: Why Illinois Racetracks Need Slots

Without slot machines, horse racing in Illinois will die "a slow, miserable death" says the president of Hawthorne Race Course. Read »

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM
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By Amanda Bonafiglia

Emanuel Says Casino Profits Would Support Education

Emanuel Says Casino Profits Would Support Education

Blackjack, craps and poker may be the answer to improving Chicago’s school facilities according to a pledge made by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Indiana Braces For Casino Revenue Loss

Indiana Braces For Casino Revenue Loss

New competition creating a fight for available gambling dollars. Read »

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn + Rahm = New BFFs

Quinn + Rahm = New BFFs

It was only three weeks ago -- election night at McCormick Place -- when the two clearly avoided each other. So what happened to thaw the chill? Read »

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Gambling Expansion Requires New Governor

Gambling Expansion Requires New Governor

Quinn objected to the bill because it does not include a ban on campaign contributions by casino owners. With two governors serving prison sentences, Quinn does not want to give the famously corrupt gambling... Read »

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 8:22 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Gambling Bill Reemerges

Gambling Bill Reemerges

Pat Quinn has said in the past that he wouldn't sign a gaming bill that included slot machines at racetracks. But that provision is included in a resurrected bill that's making the rounds in Springfield. Read »

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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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