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Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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By Kerry Lester, The Associated Press

Bad Credit Rating Costs State $130M Extra

Bad Credit Rating Costs State $130M Extra

Illinois taxpayers will pony up at least $130 million extra in interest payments for a bond sale this week due to lowered credit ratings because lawmakers have failed to solve the state's $97 billion pension... Read »

Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 9:15 PM
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By Associated Press

New Lawmaker Sworn in to Replace Derrick Smith

New Lawmaker Sworn in to Replace Derrick Smith

Rep. Derrick Smith was expelled from the Illinois House last month after he was charged by federal authorities with accepting a bribe. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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By Carol Marin

Illinois GOP Focuses on 'Firing Mike Madigan'

Republicans seek to take over leadership role in Springfield. Read »

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 »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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