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Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 11:14 PM
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By The Associated Press

House Gives Boost to Peotone Airport, McCormick Place Projects

House Gives Boost to Peotone Airport, McCormick Place Projects

Legislation approved Thursday allows the Illinois Department of Transportation to enter into a public-private partnership to develop the South Suburban Airport in Peotone. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 7:20 PM
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By Associated Press

Ill. Senate Panel Advances Stricter Gun-Carry Bill

Ill. Senate Panel Advances Stricter Gun-Carry Bill

The Illinois Senate Executive Committee is approving a Democratic plan to allow the public possession of firearms. Read »

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

The Illinois House has reportedly extended its deadline one week for considering a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Senate OKs Health Coverage Exchange Plan

Illinois Senate OKs Health Coverage Exchange Plan

Lawmakers voted Thursday 37-19 to send the House a bill -- HB3227 -- establishing the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7:33 AM
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By Al Romero

Quinn Expected to Sign New Sex Education Bill

Quinn Expected to Sign New Sex Education Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign a bill that could potentially provide students with information about birth control. 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 »

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Senate Committee OKs Concealed Carry Proposal

Illinois Senate Committee OKs Concealed Carry Proposal

Sen. Kwame Raoul's measure would allow gun owners to apply to the Illinois State Police for a permit. Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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By SARA BURNETT, Associated Press

Illinois Senate OKs Union-Backed Pension Deal

Illinois Senate OKs Union-Backed Pension Deal

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to send a union-supported pension reform bill to the House, leaving lawmakers with two competing proposals for dealing with the nation's worst state pension problem just weeks... Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:59 AM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Senate Committee OKs Medical Marijuana

Illinois Senate Committee OKs Medical Marijuana

An Illinois Senate committee has approved a proposal that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Read »

Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Illinois Senate Rekindles Campus Smoking Ban

Illinois Senate Rekindles Campus Smoking Ban

College smokers may be put out next summer if a bill, hoping to clear the air at Illinois’ public colleges and universities, becomes a law. Read »

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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.

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Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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