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Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Anshoo Sethi, the social-climbing young con artist who suckered prominent Illinois politicians into supporting his sham real-estate venture, has been indicted on federal charges of wire fraud and making false... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn's Staffer Resigns Amid IDOT Controversy

Quinn's Staffer Resigns Amid IDOT Controversy

Gov. Pat Quinn's deputy chief of staff is stepping down amid controversy over allegedly improper patronage hiring inside the Illinois Department of Transportation. Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform

Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform

It wasn't a lazy Sunday for Bruce Rauner. Pointing fingers at Springfield, the Republican governor candidate called a Chicago press conference to premiere an attack ad accusing Illinois Democrats of sabotaging... Read »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library

Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library

As President Barack Obama's foundation reviews locations for his library and museum -- Chicago is the unofficial frontrunner -- voters in his adopted hometown are divided over whether to use taxpayer dollars to... Read »

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Feds Drop Bank Fraud Charges Against Rep. Ford

West side Democrat pleads guilty one count of misdemeanor income tax charge violation. Read »

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Bruce Rauner Topple Illinois' Democratic Machine?

Can Bruce Rauner Topple Illinois' Democratic Machine?

Bruce Rauner is working behind the scenes -- and spending gobs of money -- to help the GOP bust up Illinois' powerful Democratic Machine. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM
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By Associated Press

Tight Illinois Budget Still Contains Pet Projects

Tight Illinois Budget Still Contains Pet Projects

Among expenses in the $35.7 billion spending plan, tucked into a document thousands of pages long, are millions of dollars for pet projects statewide. They range from a new school in House Speaker Michael... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Report Alleges Madigan Used Influence for Metra Hiring

Report Alleges Madigan Used Influence for Metra Hiring

Homer said in the report that Madigan used "timing and persistence" to pressure board members into executing his will on personnel decisions at the agency. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Lawmaker Resigns From Post

Illinois Lawmaker Resigns From Post

Chuck Jefferson is a Rockford Democrat who has held office since 2001. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner's Term Limit Referendum May Be On November Ballot

Rauner's Term Limit Referendum May Be On November Ballot

New development sure to make Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan very unhappy. 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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