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Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 2:29 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Lawmakers Punt on Pension Reform, Again

Lawmakers Punt on Pension Reform, Again

Lawmakers met Thursday to iron out their differences on proposed pension plans but instead kicked the can down the road, yet again. Read »

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 6:49 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Pleasure, Pain in State Redistricting

Proposed maps carving out the state's senate and representative districts are appeasing some, disappointing others. Read »

Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Illinois Should Learn to Love Itself

Why Illinois Should Learn to Love Itself

A Springfield historian suggests a divorce between Chicagoland and Downstate. It's a bad idea, because America needs Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 at 4:45 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Illinois GOP's March Madness

The Illinois GOP's March Madness

As a play on the NCAA's March Madness, the Illinois GOP is holding a "Biggest Tax and Spend Democrat in Illinois Tournament." Read »

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011 at 4:45 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Quinn Signs Tax Bill

Quinn Signs Tax Bill
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The governor starts his administration with an unpopular move. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011 at 10:13 AM
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By Paul Henderson

Tax Hike: Your Reaction

Tax Hike: Your Reaction

Senate-approved tax increase heads to Quinn. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Quinn Won't Get his Tax Increase

Why Quinn Won't Get his Tax Increase

House Speaker Michael Madigan is right when he says Gov. Quinn doesn't have a mandate for a tax increase. Read »

Friday, Nov 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn's Tax Plan Could Go to Vote Before Inauguration

Quinn's Tax Plan Could Go to Vote Before Inauguration

Lawmakers could force action before the end of the 2010 session. Read »

Friday, Oct 1, 2010 at 2:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Illinois Needs to Rethink Its Flat Tax

Why Illinois Needs to Rethink Its Flat Tax

Gov. Quinn says we need a tax increase. State Sen. Kwame Raoul says eliminating the flat tax is the best way to make that happen. Read »

Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 5:59 AM
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By WARD ROOM STAFF

Tax Fight: Berrios Vs. Houlihan

Tax Fight: Berrios Vs. Houlihan
Jack Higgins

Scintillating rhetoric from professional pencil pushers. 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.

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Ed Burke

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