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Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:51 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois AG Unveils Petcoke Legislation

Illinois AG Unveils Petcoke Legislation

The grainy black substance is a byproduct of oil refining. Residents on Chicago's Southeast Side have recently complained of health and pollution fears after piles amassed along the Calumet River. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 7:43 AM
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By Ward Room Staff, The Associated Press

State Officials File Emergency Rules for "Petcoke"

State Officials File Emergency Rules for

State officials unveiled proposed guidelines Monday for the handling and storage of petroleum coke in Illinois, a move that drew sharp criticism from business groups, who called it unnecessary, and residents,... Read »

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Petcoke Story an Example of Government in Action

Opinion: Petcoke Story an Example of Government in Action

Sometimes, it’s important to take a moment and savor when government gets things right. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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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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