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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Obama Library: 5 Developments in Debate Over $100M Grant Proposal

Debate over President Barack Obama's presidential library and museum is getting hotter by the millisecond -- or so it seems -- as Illinois politicians, media pundits and the voting public weigh in on whether... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM
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By Associated Press

Madigan Re-Elected to Lead Illinois Democratic Party

Madigan Re-Elected to Lead Illinois Democratic Party

House Speaker Michael Madigan has been elected to his fifth term as chairman of the Illinois Democratic party. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By associated press

Property Tax Increase Removed From Pension Bill

Property Tax Increase Removed From Pension Bill

Language imposing a property tax hike for Chicagoans has been removed from legislation overhauling two city pension funds. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM
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By Jason Keyser

Report: Madigan Influenced Chicago Transit Hiring

Report: Madigan Influenced Chicago Transit Hiring

A task force asked to scrutinize metropolitan Chicago's transit agencies said it found evidence that House Speaker Michael Madigan directed Metra to hire and promote certain candidates, contributing to an... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Alderman Runs Scorched Earth Political Campaign on City Time

Alderman Runs Scorched Earth Political Campaign on City Time

Politics on the West Side of Chicago has never been for the faint of heart. Now, in the race for the Illinois 10th House District, parts of it have gotten downright ugly. Read »

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Does Illinois Have a Coherent Corporate Tax Policy?

Opinion: Does Illinois Have a Coherent Corporate Tax Policy?

Madigan’s latest gambit has the smack of political opportunism about it, a road we’ve been down before when it comes to politicizing corporate tax policy. Read »

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Madigan Signals Opposition to Corporate Tax Breaks

Madigan Signals Opposition to Corporate Tax Breaks

Powerful House Speaker draws a direct line between the state’s financial problems and the role of corporations in generating tax revenue. Read »

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rangel’s Story Exhibit A for Corruption in State and Chicago Politics

Opinion: Rangel’s Story Exhibit A for Corruption in State and Chicago Politics

Few political players in town in recent years have been as well connected, or clouted, than UNO and Juan Rangel. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 6:22 AM
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By Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press

Lawmakers to Convene Next Week on Pensions

Lawmakers to Convene Next Week on Pensions

House to convene on Dec. 3. Senators told to keep Dec. 3 and 4 open. 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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