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Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn: Gambling Supporters are Peddling Fairy Tales

Quinn: Gambling Supporters are Peddling Fairy Tales

Governor says new study proves that gambling supporters are over-stating their case as to benefits of expansion. Read »

Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 at 7:04 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Quinn Willing to Discuss Gambling Expansion

Quinn Willing to Discuss Gambling Expansion

Gov. Pat Quinn said Saturday he's still willing to talk to state lawmakers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel about expanding gambling in Illinois. The Illinois House earlier this week handed the governor when they shot... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011 at 10:07 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Revised Gambling Bill Fails in House

Revised Gambling Bill Fails in House
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With a 58-53 vote, the Illinois House on Wednesday shot down a revised bill that would expand gambling in Illinois. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 8:35 PM
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By Carol Marin

Action on Gambling Expansion Delayed

Action on Gambling Expansion Delayed
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Senate vote expected Wednesday never happened. Senate President John Cullerton to meet with Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday morning. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 8:36 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Legislators Overturn Quinn's Veto

Legislators Overturn Quinn's Veto

The Senate voted 36-19 to override. Moments later, the House did the same on a 74-42 vote. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Carol Marin

Gambling Expansion Likely DOA: Legislators

There's little chance a bill that would expand gambling throughout Illinois will ever pass, many Illinois legislators said Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011 at 6:51 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Mayor Seeks 'Common Ground' on Casinos

Mayor Rahm Emanuel takes on conciliatory tone after governor expresses intentions to veto casino bill in its current form. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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