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Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Pension Fight Shows Democratic Leader Differences

Pension Fight Shows Democratic Leader Differences

As lawmakers strain again this week to find a fix for the state's $97 billion pension crisis, the stalemate between House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton highlights the evolving... Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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By Kerry Lester, The Associated Press
      

Quinn Asks Lawmakers To Combine 2 Pension Plans

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's meeting with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to talk about how to solve the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis. 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 »

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 »

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM
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By Associated Press and Alexandria Fisher
      

Newtown Parents Join Quinn in Quest for Gun Control

Top Democratic leaders, including Gov. Pat Quinn, and parents of Sandy Hook victims are urging lawmakers to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. 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 4:31 PM
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By Sara Burnett/ Associated Press

Illinois Lawmakers Weighing Pension Options

Illinois Lawmakers Weighing Pension Options

After years of trying, lawmakers return to Springfield on Monday with something they haven't had before: two potential options for finally addressing Illinois' multibillion-dollar pension problem. 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 »

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 »

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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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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