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Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call

Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call

Apparently, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has never heard the phrase “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM
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By Carla K. Johnson
      

Medical Marijuana Rules OK'd by Illinois Committee

An Illinois legislative committee approved rules Tuesday for the state's medical cannabis program, which means would-be growers and retailers can soon apply for permits. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 9:24 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Study Determines Cost of Corruption in Illinois

Study Determines Cost of Corruption in Illinois

How much does corruption in Illinois cost taxpayers? According to a new study, more than $1,300 per person. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Bruce Rauner says he regrets investing in a Chicago venture capital firm that did shady business with City Hall under the reign of Mayor Richard. M. Daley, the Sun-Times reports. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Rauner Leads Quinn 51-39 in New Poll

Midterm Elections: Rauner Leads Quinn 51-39 in New Poll

Come November, Springfield could very well see a changing of the guard from Gov. Pat Quinn to Bruce Rauner. Another Capitol Fax/We Ask America survey shows Rauner consistently polling ahead of Quinn -- this... Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Quinn Mocks Rauner's $100,000 Parking Spot

Opinion: Quinn Mocks Rauner's $100,000 Parking Spot

WARNING: This news might make you spit out your coffee. According to the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed, Bruce Rauner paid $100,000 for one parking spot. We repeat: $100,000. For a parking spot. Just one. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 6:45 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

12-Year-Old Baker Inspires Illinois Cupcake Law

A 12-year-old downstate Illinois girl is celebrating her victory in keeping her cupcake business afloat. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

What Pat Quinn Has to Do With Uber Expansion

What Pat Quinn Has to Do With Uber Expansion

Uber's goal to explain its Midwest branch by 500 employees within the next two years depends upon the approval of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rauner’s Latest Memory Loss Par for the Course

Opinion: Rauner’s Latest Memory Loss Par for the Course

If Rauner can't remember or doesn't know how lucrative business deals with influential politicians are done in his name, how can voters trust him once he gets the keys to the state treasury as governor? Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Touts Illinois Tourism Growth

Quinn Touts Illinois Tourism Growth

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the increase Thursday while visiting 12-year-old Chloe Stirling at the Kendall College Culinary Camp in Chicago. The 12-year-old's cupcake business in Madison County was shut down... 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.

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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