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Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs Pace Shoulder-Riding Program Into Law

Quinn Signs Pace Shoulder-Riding Program Into Law

Legislation that allows a suburban Chicago bus agency's vehicles to ride on the shoulders of a major roadway is now law. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and opponent Bruce Rauner have collectively spent more cash this election cycle than any other governor race in recent state history. Read »

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 at 1:39 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs "Sign and Drive" Into Law

Quinn Signs

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation ending the practice of posting a driver's license as security after certain traffic citations, meaning drivers now may sign a citation as their guarantee they will appear in... Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Amtrak Answers Quinn's Call on Revamping Chicago-to-Carbondale Track

Amtrak Answers Quinn's Call on Revamping Chicago-to-Carbondale Track

Amtrak says it's "happy to do the work suggested" by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin, who have jointly asked the rail company to commission a study on adding extra trains to its fast-growing... Read »

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 7:01 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Law Aims to Protect Employees Who Use Payroll Cards

Law Aims to Protect Employees Who Use Payroll Cards

Payroll cards allow workers to withdraw salaries from an ATM, like debit cards. But Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who backed the legislation, said her office received complaints about extra fees... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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By Associated Press

40 Illinois State Police Troopers to Help Chicago

40 Illinois State Police Troopers to Help Chicago

Forty Illinois State Troopers are being dispatched to Chicago to help the city's police department combat street violence during what is typically the most dangerous time of year. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rothenberg Report Changes Illinois Governor Race to Favor Rauner

Rothenberg Report Changes Illinois Governor Race to Favor Rauner

Less than a week after Politico switched its projected outcome of of Illinois' gubernatorial race from "toss-up" to "leans Republican," The Rothenberg Report is following suit to tweak its rating to favor GOP... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rauner Should Just Call His Campaign a New Jobs Program

Opinion: Rauner Should Just Call His Campaign a New Jobs Program

I have a question: How, exactly, does someone spend $10 million of their own money in a political campaign? Read »

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Administration Memo Reveals Lawmaker Gripes, Bruised Egos

Quinn Administration Memo Reveals Lawmaker Gripes, Bruised Egos

Pass the popcorn because this is pure entertainment: An internal email distributed by a Quinn Administration aide reveals a laundry list of lawmakers' gripes, slights and bruised egos in often amusingly specific... Read »

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner and Quinn Trade Barbs Over Cayman Controversy

Which surprises you the most: A) That Bruce Rauner diverted some of his millions to the Cayman Islands, Mitt Romney-style; B) That Pat Quinn immediately jumped on the news to cast Rauner as a villainous tax... Read »

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