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Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Senate Approves Drone Legislation

Illinois Senate Approves Drone Legislation

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Biss, would require authorities to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to collect information. Lawmakers voted 52-1 to send the measure to the House. Biss, an Evanston... Read »

Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Gaming Board, Lawmakers Aim to Overcome Insults

Gaming Board, Lawmakers Aim to Overcome Insults

A verbal fracas between state regulators and pro-gambling lawmakers — including an exchange of insults and accusations as if they were kids in a schoolyard — has resulted in cautious pledges to work together to... Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Rahm Offers Valentine to Gay Community

Rahm Offers Valentine to Gay Community

On the heels of the Illinois Senate advancing a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office took to social media with a quick post embracing the move. Read »

Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 1:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois Pols React to Gay Marriage Advancement

Illinois Pols React to Gay Marriage Advancement

The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The bill now moves onto the House. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Advances in Senate

Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Advances in Senate

The Executive Committee voted 9-5 to move legislation giving marital rights to same sex couples to the Senate floor. Democrats with a 40-member majority say they have the needed votes Read »

Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 8:57 AM
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By Ward Room Staff, Associated Press

Cullerton Wants Gay-Marriage Vote On Feb. 14

Cullerton Wants Gay-Marriage Vote On Feb. 14

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to pass same-sex marriage legislation on Valentine's Day. Cullerton said he'd like the state Senate to pass the measure out of committee next week and vote... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Pension Crisis Looms Over New General Assembly

Michael Madigan, John Cullerton retain leadership posts in bodies with veto-proof Democratic majorities. Still, Gov. Pat Quinn has a lot riding on digging the state out of the lowest bond rating in the nation. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

New Legislature Has 3 Charged Lawmakers

New Legislature Has 3 Charged Lawmakers

As members of Illinois' newest General Assembly took the oath of office Wednesday, the state that's still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison set yet another precedent... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson
      

Pension Reformers Vow to Reintroduce Bill

The sponsors of a comprehensive pension reform bill that failed to get approval this session have pledged to reintroduce the measure as early as Wednesday afternoon. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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By Dick Johnson

Quinn Loses Call for Pension Commission

Quinn Loses Call for Pension Commission

The Illinois House adjourned Tuesday afternoon without taking a vote on Gov. Pat Quinn's last-ditch effort to get a pension deal done before the end of the lame duck session. 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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