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Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

"The Illinois Effect"

Illinois's worst-in-the-nation bond rating means we pay more to borrow money than any other state, and it's turned us into a Wall Street joke. Read »

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Illinois Pension Committee Sets First Meeting

The bipartisan committee of lawmakers tasked with fixing Illinois' $97 billion pension crisis will hold its first meeting next week. The committee has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday morning downtown... Read »

Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM
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By Edward McClelland

#Essential #Illinois #Hashtags

#Essential #Illinois #Hashtags

Follow Illinois news on Twitter with these hashtags. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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By The Associated Press
      

Lawmakers Agree to Form Pension Committee

Both chambers of the Illinois Legislature voted Wednesday to create a bipartisan committee to try to solve the state's worst-in-the-nation pension crisis, but some lawmakers expressed skepticism that the effort... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Daley Poll: Madigan Is Drag on Daughter's Campaign

Daley Poll: Madigan Is Drag on Daughter's Campaign

According to a poll released by Bill Daley's campaign, voters don't like the idea of Michael Madigan as House Speaker AND Lisa Madigan as governor. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 9:31 PM
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By John O'connor

AG Gets Second Gun Delay; Speaker Wants Bill OK'd

AG Gets Second Gun Delay; Speaker Wants Bill OK'd

The U.S. Supreme Court granted an extension Tuesday for Illinois's attorney general to decide whether to appeal a court order permitting the state's gun owners to carry concealed firearms. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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By Kerry Lester
      

Quinn, Lawmakers Plan Pension Talks Into July

Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers are working on a new plan to solve the state's $97 billion pension crisis that involves forming a bipartisan committee and reconvening the Legislature again in July. Read »

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 »

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Democrats To Try Again on Madigan's Pension Bill

Democrats To Try Again on Madigan's Pension Bill

Democratic leaders in the Illinois Legislature said Friday that they would try again to pass a pension-reform plan backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, rejecting a request from Gov. Pat Quinn to form a... 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 »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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.

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Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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