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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 4:51 PM
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By Associated Press

Senate Targets Social Media-Fueled Mob Attacks

Senate Targets Social Media-Fueled Mob Attacks

Bill approved 52-0 by legislators. Read »

Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Gun Law Will Exclude Chicago: Report

Illinois Gun Law Will Exclude Chicago: Report

Republican Sen. Tim Bivins says the measure he and Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul negotiated would allow Cook County authorities to deny a concealed carry permit even if an applicant passes the required background... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Lawmakers Outline Urgency of New State Gun Laws

Lawmakers Outline Urgency of New State Gun Laws

State Rep. Brandon Phelps says lawmakers need to act fast on gun legislation or else licensed gun holders will be able to carry a gun wherever they want. Phelps and State Sen. Kwame Raoul are working together on... Watch »

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 at 10:22 PM
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By Edward McClelland

How to Lower the State Income Tax

How to Lower the State Income Tax
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Legislators wouldn't vote for a progressive income tax because they thought it represented a tax hike. Now, it would mean a tax cut for most of us. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

The Most Gerrymandered Street in Chicago

The Most Gerrymandered Street in Chicago

Walk a mile west on Howard Street, starting at the lake, and you'll pass through three state senate districts. Another argument for not allowing legislators to draw their own boundaries. Read »

Monday, Mar 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why the Illinois GOP Is Right on Redistricting

Why the Illinois GOP Is Right on Redistricting

State Sen. Kwame Raoul should start the redistricting process by redrawing his own district, which was drawn to aid Barack Obama's U.S. Senate ambitions. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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