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Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Slams Rauner: "We Don't Need a Loophole Governor'

Quinn Slams Rauner:

The worst thing to happen to Bruce Rauner's campaign is a gift to the re-election efforts of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Perry's Wrong on Spending Critique

Opinion: Perry's Wrong on Spending Critique

Texas governor Rick Perry has some advice for the state of Illinois: stop caring about your people so much. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:50 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rick Perry Launches New Mission to Poach Illinois-Based Companies

Rick Perry Launches New Mission to Poach Illinois-Based Companies

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is flying to Chicago today in another effort to lure companies away from Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Lauren Petty
      

Some Workers Say $13 Minimum Wage Isn't Enough

While they certainly won't look a gift horse in the mouth, there were some on Tuesday looking at a panel's recommendation to raise Chicago's minimum wage by more than $4 an hour with a bit of disappointment. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM
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By Associated Press

Tight Illinois Budget Still Contains Pet Projects

Tight Illinois Budget Still Contains Pet Projects

Among expenses in the $35.7 billion spending plan, tucked into a document thousands of pages long, are millions of dollars for pet projects statewide. They range from a new school in House Speaker Michael... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Panel Recommends $13 Minimum Wage in Chicago

Minimum Wage Working Group says wages would increase earnings for about 410,000 people and inject nearly $800 million into the Chicago economy. Read »

Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 at 5:02 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs Ballot Question on Birth Control

Quinn Signs Ballot Question on Birth Control

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a November ballot question that'll ask voters if they think prescription drug coverage plans should be required to include birth control. Read »

Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Signs Illinois Boater Safety Regulations

Quinn Signs Illinois Boater Safety Regulations

Gov. Pat Quinn has approved several laws aimed at increasing boater safety on a holiday weekend that many Illinois residents are spending on lakes and rivers. Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Fox Yanks Quinn's Anti-Rauner Ad Over Repeat Mr. Burns Appearance

Fox Yanks Quinn's Anti-Rauner Ad Over Repeat Mr. Burns Appearance

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn crossed the Fox Network for the second time this week when his campaign re-used an image of "Simpsons" villain Mr. Burns in a video spot attacking Quinn's Republican challenger Bruce... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 3:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bruce Rauner's Tax Returns Reveal Millions Saved Through Fee Waiver Loophole

Bruce Rauner's Tax Returns Reveal Millions Saved Through Fee Waiver Loophole

Tax returns released by Bruce Rauner reveal that Republican gubernatorial nominee took advantage of a fee waiver loophole to avoid paying the full federal rate for the nation's wealthiest. 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.

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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