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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 5:23 AM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Casino Plan Draws Support at Hearing

Chicago Casino Plan Draws Support at Hearing

A proposal for a state-owned Chicago casino won praise Wednesday from business groups and a warmer reception from a state regulatory board than past attempts to expand gambling, but the plan also drew criticism... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Quinn Leads Rauner in Campaign Cash

Get ready for a pricey Illinois governor's race. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn, Rauner Square Off on Friday

Quinn, Rauner Square Off on Friday

It's not a debate, but the two men have agreed to sit down together and answer questions in front of more than 1,200 teachers about their policy proposals. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Illinois Voters Favor Term Limits

Illinois Voters Favor Term Limits

GOP Candidate Bruce Rauner wants question put to voters in November. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois House OKs Chicago Pension Overhaul

Illinois House OKs Chicago Pension Overhaul

The Illinois House has approved a plan to overhaul two Chicago pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM
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By Jason Keyser

Report: Madigan Influenced Chicago Transit Hiring

Report: Madigan Influenced Chicago Transit Hiring

A task force asked to scrutinize metropolitan Chicago's transit agencies said it found evidence that House Speaker Michael Madigan directed Metra to hire and promote certain candidates, contributing to an... Read »

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Gov. Quinn Opposes Soldier Field Expansion

Gov. Quinn Opposes Soldier Field Expansion

Dreams of Chicago hosting a Super Bowl are getting bleaker by the day. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Quinn Proposes Making Income Tax Increase Permanent

Illinois' temporary income tax increase scheduled to roll back next year should remain in place, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed in his Wednesday budget address. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Poll Shows Voter Conflict in Solving State Budget Woes

Poll Shows Voter Conflict in Solving State Budget Woes

A majority of respondents said they don't want a temporary income tax hike to become permanent. On the flip side, a majority of respondents said they also don't want to see spending cuts to programs which... Read »

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 8:01 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Associated Press
      

Quinn Gets SEIU Endorsement in Re-Election Bid

Gov. Pat Quinn has picked up a major labor endorsement for his re-election during a campaign that's already focused on union influence. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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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