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Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Uber Recruits A-List Lobbyists to Buy Influence in Illinois

Beside recruiting President Barack Obama's former adviser David Plouffe to lead its policy branch, Uber has brought on a small army of lobbyists to tackle political issues on the state level—and here in... Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Sen. Raoul Says He Won't Run for Governor

Sen. Raoul Says He Won't Run for Governor

The Chicago Democrat had been weighing a primary challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn and former White House chief of staff Bill Daley for months. In a statement Thursday, he said he "did not take lightly the calls... Read »

Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Quinn, Daley Animosity May Open Door For Third Candidate

Quinn, Daley Animosity May Open Door For Third Candidate

Pat Quinn and Bill Daley attack each in the Washington Post. Could their feud create an opportunity for state Sen. Kwame Raoul? Read »

Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Quinn: 'Guns Are a Plague on Too Many of Our Communities'

Gov. Pat Quinn Sunday signed a new gun safety law that requires background checks for all gun purchasers statewide as well as the reporting of all lost and stolen guns for the first time in Illinois history. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Dems Can't Hide Squabbles at State Fair

There was no booing this year, but the divisions and intraparty squabbles among Illinois Democrats were on full display Wednesday in Springfield as they ripped both Republicans and each other during events that... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:10 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Lawmakers to Miss Paychecks Over Pensions

Lawmakers to Miss Paychecks Over Pensions

Illinois lawmakers were set to lose their paychecks Thursday barring a court's intervention, but there still appeared to be no end in sight to a stalemate over the state's $100 billion pension mess that prompted... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern and Alexandria Fisher

Governor's Race Heats Up

The race for Illinois governor continues to take shape as potential candidates roll in, or out. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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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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