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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 »

Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:55 PM
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By Associated Press
      

State Senate Approves 'Puppy Lemon Law' Bill

The Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would protect consumers who buy a dog or cat at a pet store and then find out that the animal is seriously ill. Lawmakers voted 31-18 Wednesday to send to the... Read »

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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By Associated Press

State Senate OKs Refined Gambling Expansion Bill

State Senate OKs Refined Gambling Expansion Bill

Lawmakers have twice approved similar plans, but Gov. Pat Quinn rejected them. He said he wanted more ethical safeguards. Read »

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM
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By JOHN O'CONNOR

State Senate Gun Bill to Get Overhaul

State Senate Gun Bill to Get Overhaul

Illinois Senate legislation touted as a compromise between Chicagoans weary of street violence and gun owners eager to legally carry concealed weapons elsewhere appears more restrictive than promised, according... Read »

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 4:56 PM
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By Ward Room Staff & Associated Press

State Senators OK Traffic Cams on School Buses

State Senators OK Traffic Cams on School Buses

School buses throughout the state could use cameras to catch people who don't stop while they're picking up or dropping off kids under a bill OK'd by Illinois senators on Wednesday. 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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