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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 »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM
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By Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press

Quinn Prepared to Call Special Session on Pensions

Quinn Prepared to Call Special Session on Pensions

Gov. Pat Quinn dangled the possibility Tuesday that he'll call lawmakers back for a special session on Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis, but he pressed Senate President John Cullerton and House... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Pension Crisis Leads Daley Closer to Run for Governor

Pension Crisis Leads Daley Closer to Run for Governor

Democrat William Daley reportedly said the state’s failure to address the pension crisis during spring session last week moved him closer to announcing a decision on whether to run for Governor of Illinois in... Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Don't Blame Black Legislators for Killing Gay Marriage

Whites were far more likely to oppose the bill. Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:45 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois Senate Rejects House Pension Reform Bill

Illinois Senate Rejects House Pension Reform Bill

The proposal pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan failed Thursday evening, with 16 voting "yes" and 42 voting "no." Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois House OKs Bill to Regulate "Fracking"

Illinois House OKs Bill to Regulate

Lawmakers voted 108-9 Thursday to send to the state Senate a bill -- SB1715 -- outlining rules that energy companies would have to follow during hydraulic fracturing. 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 »

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicagoans Protest Madigan, Concealed Carry Plan

Chicagoans Protest Madigan, Concealed Carry Plan

Nearly two dozen protesters gathered outside of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office Monday to protest his support for the proposed concealed carry law. 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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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