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Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Bruce Rauner Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Bruce Rauner Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Bruce Rauner jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon this weekend. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 4:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Anshoo Sethi, the young owner of a failed O'Hare-area motel, managed to trick Illinois' political heavies into supporting his grand ambition to erect a massive $913 million hotel-and-convention center near... Read »

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7:01 PM
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By Associated Press

Madigan Backs Off Extending State Income Tax Increase

Madigan Backs Off Extending State Income Tax Increase

With time running out on the legislative session, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday he's pulling back on a plan to extend the state's income tax increase and moving forward with a smaller budget that... Read »

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Madigan Seeks to Impose Millionaires Tax

Madigan Seeks to Impose Millionaires Tax

If Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan has his way, the state's millionaires will have to pony up a bit more of their income. Read »

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs Bill Delaying Budget Address

Quinn Signs Bill Delaying Budget Address

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is getting more time before he delivers his annual budget address. Read »

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Chicago GOP Goes After Fake Madigan Challenger

Chicago GOP Goes After Fake Madigan Challenger

Chicago GOP is questioning petitions for Madigan challenger, who shows no signs of being real. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

What Target Date for Pension Vote Means For Incumbents

What Target Date for Pension Vote Means For Incumbents

The Dec. 3 target date comes the day after nominating petitions are due for the 2014 primary ballot. That means incumbents may be spared from challengers upset with the pension reform compromise. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Supporters Celebrate As Lawmakers Approve Gay Marriage

The Illinois House and Senate vote to approve same-sex marriage, setting up the state to become the 15th to allow gay marriages. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Mike Madigan Says Sun Is Too Bright, Claims It Has Political Agenda

Opinion: Mike Madigan Says Sun Is Too Bright, Claims It Has Political Agenda

It’s an old political trick: when you’re caught red-handed, try and smear the people who uncovered the corruption. Read »

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Metra CEO's Memo Outlines Madigan Influence

Alex Clifford claims refusal to comply with House Speaker's requests led to his ouster. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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