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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Forget President Obama. It's Pat Quinn that Illinois Democrats should worry about, say operatives within the party. With Gov. Quinn's approval ratings in the tank -- only House Speaker Mike Madigan is more... Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Touts Illinois Tourism Growth

Quinn Touts Illinois Tourism Growth

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the increase Thursday while visiting 12-year-old Chloe Stirling at the Kendall College Culinary Camp in Chicago. The 12-year-old's cupcake business in Madison County was shut down... Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM
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By Associated Press

State May Suspend Quinn Anti-Violence Investigation: Report

State May Suspend Quinn Anti-Violence Investigation: Report

State Sen. Jason Barickman, co-chair of the Legislative Audit Commission, released a statement Wednesday evening detailing a Justice Department request made earlier in the day by two Washington, D.C.-based staff... Read »

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 »

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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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