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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 »

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Lawmakers to Discuss $138B Pension Deal

Lawmakers to Discuss $138B Pension Deal

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has been working to build support for the proposal, hoping that lawmakers will be able to act on it during the Oct. 22 veto session. Read »

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Capitol Renovation Includes $670K for Doorways

Capitol Renovation Includes $670K for Doorways

Illinois officials said Wednesday that three sets of copper-plated wooden doorways being installed at the Illinois Capitol cost the state $669,608, and that more of such doors could be installed in the years to... Read »

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM
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By The Associated Press

Madigan Pension Fix Would Save Less Than Estimated

Madigan Pension Fix Would Save Less Than Estimated

The estimated savings on a pension proposal backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan earlier this year is nearly $25 billion less than originally thought. Read »

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Madigan Set To Become Longest-Serving State House Speaker

Madigan Set To Become Longest-Serving State House Speaker

Next year, he will break the 29-year record held by Georgia's Thomas Bailey Murphy. Read »

Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Dems Pick Dick Mell Aide to Succeed His Daughter

Dems Pick Dick Mell Aide to Succeed His Daughter

Jaime Andrade, a top aide to former Chicago Ald. Richard Mell, was selected by Democratic leaders on Monday to suceed Mell's daughter in the Illinois House Read »

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Quinn Cancels 'Governor's Day' Rally

Quinn Cancels 'Governor's Day' Rally

Last year’s Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield wasn’t the best day for Governor Pat Quinn, but this year he’s moving to make sure some of last year’s woes don’t repeat. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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

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