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Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM
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By Erin Carlson

How Bruce Rauner Would Block a Minimum Wage Hike in Illinois

How Bruce Rauner Would Block a Minimum Wage Hike in Illinois

Bruce Rauner is doubling down on his stance against a minimum wage hike in Illinois. Making the media rounds Wednesday, the Republican gubernatorial nominee firmed his position on the issue: He'd "OK" an... Read »

Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Quinn Approves Minimum Wage Ballot Question

Quinn Approves Minimum Wage Ballot Question

A stroke of Gov. Pat Quinn's pen has put on the November ballot a measure asking voters if Illinois should boost the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2015. Read »

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michael Madigan's 'Millionaire Tax' Ballot Question Wins House Approval

Michael Madigan's 'Millionaire Tax' Ballot Question Wins House Approval

Michael Madigan has successfully pushed his "millionaire tax" measure through the Illinois House as part of a mission to get an advisory referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot asking voters whether they would... Read »

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM
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By associated press

Illinois Minimum Wage Bill Moves Forward

Illinois Minimum Wage Bill Moves Forward

A plan to make Illinois' minimum wage the highest in the nation is heading to the Senate floor, but it could still see some changes before it's called for a vote. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff & Associated Press

Martin Sheen, Quinn Push Minimum Wage Boost

Illinois governor has made increasing the minimum wage a big part of his platform as he seeks another term, saying the increase is about "dignity and decency." Read »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Quinn to Huddle With Obama on Minimum Wage

While National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., Governor Pat Quinn is meeting today with President Obama and senior White Officials over efforts to raise the minimum wage. Read »

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Aldermen Back Referendum for $15 Minimum Wage

Aldermen Back Referendum for $15 Minimum Wage

Saying it’s “time to act”, a group of Chicago aldermen, along with advocacy groups, low-wage workers and community members, are backing a set of city referendums on the March 18 ballot calling for a higher... Read »

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 6:22 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Presses Bid to Raise Minimum Wage

Quinn Presses Bid to Raise Minimum Wage

Gov. Pat Quinn is using the holiday weekend honoring Martin Luther King Jr. to continue pressing for raising Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10. Read »

Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Video Looks a Lot Like Rauner’s "47%" Moment

Opinion: Video Looks a Lot Like Rauner’s

Truth be told, I was really enjoying the spectacle of a well-run Republican campaign for governor in Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner Flip Flops on Minimum Wage Idea

He told a downstate radio station last month that Illinois’ minimum wage of $8.25 an hour should be repealed to $7.25, the national minimum wage. His Republican opponents for governor are quick to pounce. None... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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