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Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Top Issues Facing Illinois Lawmakers

Top Issues Facing Illinois Lawmakers

Illinois lawmakers face a Friday deadline and a half-dozen major issues are still pending. Here's where they stood on Wednesday: Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:25 PM
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By michelle relerford, phil rogers
      

Illinois Senators Target Gangster Disciples Gang

Bipartisan pair believe plan could involved up to 18,000 arrests. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

State Senate Committee OKs Ammunition Limit

State Senate Committee OKs Ammunition Limit

Legislation to ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds advances with 12-3 vote. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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By Marcus Riley
      

McCarthy Downplays Weather's Effect on Crime

Police superintendent says stronger methods needed to decrease flow of illegal guns. Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Illinois State Rifle Association's Newtown Message Insensitive

Opinion: Illinois State Rifle Association's Newtown Message Insensitive

"Having a child murdered doesn't automatically make one an expert on violent crime," group says in "Special Alert." Read »

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Group Wants To Give Shotguns to Single Moms

Opinion: Group Wants To Give Shotguns to Single Moms

The Armed Citizen Project: encouraged dependency on handouts, or helping the poor exercise their Second Amendment rights? Read »

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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By Lisa Balde & Lauren Petty
      

Top Cop: 'We're Going To Have Good Days, Bad Days'

"We're going to have good days, we're going to have bad days," McCarthy said. "The first four months of this year, we're in a position we haven't been in since the mid-'60s as far as the murder rate goes." Read »

Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Senator Kirk

Opinion: Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Senator Kirk

Sen. Mark Kirk's vote on the background check bill validates my vote for Senator Kirk. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Axelrod Wants Voter Payback for Guns Stance

Axelrod Wants Voter Payback for Guns Stance

David Axelrod took to Twitter Wednesday to warn that votes against gun-control legislation could politically hurt Republicans in the long run. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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By Edward McClelland

NRA: Anti-Gun Poll Results Don't Matter

NRA: Anti-Gun Poll Results Don't Matter

Most Illinoisans favor more gun control, but the NRA's chief lobbyist says "you can't put constitutional rights up for referendum." 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.

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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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