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Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM
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By Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press

Quinn Prepared to Call Special Session on Pensions

Quinn Prepared to Call Special Session on Pensions

Gov. Pat Quinn dangled the possibility Tuesday that he'll call lawmakers back for a special session on Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis, but he pressed Senate President John Cullerton and House... Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

State's Gay Marriage Bill Could Still be Called

State's Gay Marriage Bill Could Still be Called

Backers of a measure that would've legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois on Monday wrote a letter to advocates saying it's not the time for them "to splinter." It comes three days after the bill's sponsor,... Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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By The Associated Press

Compromise Reached on Concealed Carry in Illinois

Compromise Reached on Concealed Carry in Illinois

Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago said Thursday that fellow Democratic state Sen. Gary Forby of Benton will sponsor legislation that will be presented Friday. Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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By The Associated Press

Lawmakers Pass Nation's Toughest Fracking Regulations

Lawmakers Pass Nation's Toughest Fracking Regulations

Illinois lawmakers approved a measure Friday to create the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling, hoping to kick-start an industry that supporters say could generate thousands of... Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:45 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois Senate Rejects House Pension Reform Bill

Illinois Senate Rejects House Pension Reform Bill

The proposal pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan failed Thursday evening, with 16 voting "yes" and 42 voting "no." Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn to Call Lawmakers Together on Pensions

Quinn to Call Lawmakers Together on Pensions

Illinois House adjourned Friday without a pension reform deal and a Senate spokeswoman said that chamber wouldn't take any more pension votes. Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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By The Associated Press

Gambling Expansion Won't Get Vote

Gambling Expansion Won't Get Vote

The sponsor of a bill that would have added five new casinos in Illinois won't be calling the bill. That essentially kills gambling expansion for now. Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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By The Associated Press

Concealed Carry Bill Sent to Governor

Concealed Carry Bill Sent to Governor

The Illinois Legislature has approved a gun measure that would end the last statewide ban in the nation on the concealed possession of a firearm in public. Read »

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 »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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