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Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM
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By The Associated Press

State's High Court: Burge Can Keep Pension

State's High Court: Burge Can Keep Pension

Attorney General wanted to challenge police pension board concerning payments to former Chicago police commander convicted of perjury. Read »

Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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By Sara Burnett

Retired Ill. Teachers Sue State Over Pension Law

Retired Ill. Teachers Sue State Over Pension Law

A group of retired Illinois teachers and administrators have filed a lawsuit seeking to have a new plan to reduce the state's $100 billion pension shortfall declared unconstitutional. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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By The Associated Press

Ill. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal on Lawmaker Pay

Ill. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal on Lawmaker Pay

The high court issued its one-page order Wednesday. It has not yet scheduled a hearing date. Read »

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 1:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Ill. Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Parental Notification Law

Ill. Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Parental Notification Law

The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday ended a long fought debate over the unenforced abortion parental notification law, allowing the state to require doctors to notify a girl’s parents 48 hours before an... Read »

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 4:14 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Ann McMorrow Dies

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Ann McMorrow Dies

Mary Ann McMorrow, the first woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court and the state's first female chief justice, has died. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Quinn Proposes Ban on Assault Weapons

The Chicago Democrat used his amendatory veto power Tuesday to call for changes in a bill related to in-state ammunition sales. It's now up to lawmakers to accept or reject the changes. Read »

Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

"You'll Make State's Supreme Choice"

The race for the Illinois Supreme Court is being lead by "Undecided" followed by candidate Aurelia Pucinski. Read »

Thursday, Jan 27, 2011 at 11:15 PM
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By BJ Lutz

"Specially Concurring" Justices Rebuke Colleagues in Opinion

KXAS

Justices Anne Burke and Charles Freeman disagree with majority's reasoning, say "inflammatory" language was used. 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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