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Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Admits Nearly "Punching Someone" at Parade

Rauner Admits Nearly

Video surfaced Monday of Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner telling supporters he came close to "punching someone" at a parade last spring. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

Appeals Court Reinstates Casino Lawsuit Tied to Blagojevich

Judges at the Court of Appeals say there is adequate evidence to support an allegation that in 2008, Rod Blagojevich agreed to sign a bill benefiting the Illinois racing industry in exchange for a bribe. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel "Less Safe": Poll

Concealed Carry Makes Chicagoans Feel

A Chicago Tribune poll reveals that Illinois' new concealed carry law, introduced in January, makes a majority of Chicagoans feel unsafe. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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By The Associated Press

22 States Honor Illinois' Concealed Carry Permit

22 States Honor Illinois' Concealed Carry Permit

Illinois doesn't have a reciprocity agreement with any states, meaning Illinois doesn't recognize other state permits. Read »

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Colleges to Be Smoke-Free Indoors and Out

Illinois Colleges to Be Smoke-Free Indoors and Out

Illinois' public colleges are going smoke-free — indoors and out — starting next summer. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Rauner Rides to State Fair on Harley

After removing his helmet, the Winnetka businessman said he would lead an administration that is efficient and transparent. He repeated a vow, made following his primary victory, to sweep Gov. Pat Quinn into... Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:34 AM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment

Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment

He addressed reporters Thursday at a Chicago pipe and conduit manufacturer calling it a "momentous" day. Officials say unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. That's a drop from 9.2 percent one year ago and... Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Anti-Rauner PAC Releases 'Chief Executive Outsourcer' Video

Anti-Rauner PAC Releases 'Chief Executive Outsourcer' Video

A new video released Thursday by Illinois Freedom PAC, the union-backed group protesting Bruce Rauner's bid for governor, paints the Republican venture capitalist as a "Chief Executive Outsourcer." Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:09 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

State Police Join CPD Unit in Month-Long Trial

Up to 40 Illinois State troopers were dispatched to Chicago on Thursday in a 30-day trial to help the city's police department combat street violence. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Madigan Skips Democrat Day at Illinois State Fair

Madigan Skips Democrat Day at Illinois State Fair

It's Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair, which means another stump speech from embattled Gov. Pat Quinn. 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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