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Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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By JOHN O'CONNOR

Business Leaders Criticize Quinn's Tax Loophole Plan

Business Leaders Criticize Quinn's Tax Loophole Plan

Gov. Pat Quinn says proposed legislation to end some corporate tax breaks is the best way to help pay down $9 billion in overdue bills. Read »

Friday, Jan 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Was Scarborough's CME Question Fair?

Was Scarborough's CME Question Fair?

"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough gives Gov. Pat Quinn a hard time about raising taxes on ordinary citizens while giving "sweetheart deals" to Sears and the Merc. Read »

Monday, Jan 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

What's on Tap for Illinois in 2012?

What's on Tap for Illinois in 2012?

Legislators ended the year with a last-ditch attempt to keep a handful of powerful businesses in Illinois (Sears and CME) but punted on a number of important issues. But those issues haven't gone away.... Read »

Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Sears Picks 79 Stores to Close

Sears Picks 79 Stores to Close

Sears Holdings Corp. on Thursday identified 79 of the full-line Sears and Kmart stores it plans to close. The Hoffman Estates-based company announced Tuesday it would shutter between 100 and 120 stores to... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 at 9:11 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Quinn Doesn't Regret Sears Deal

"The fact that they have to close stores around the country -- that isn't good news -- but that doesn't affect this agreement." Read »

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 at 9:11 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Sears Closing 100-Plus Stores

Less than two weeks after Gov. Pat Quinn approved legislation to keep major businesses from leaving the state, Sears Holdings Corp. announced Tuesday it will close between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 4:18 PM
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By Christian Farr

Senate Approves Sears-CME Tax Breaks

Senate Approves Sears-CME Tax Breaks

A bill offering tax breaks to keep major businesses in Illinois is heading to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Bloggers Deserve a Tax Break, Too

Bloggers Deserve a Tax Break, Too

If I'm not exempted from the income tax increase, I'll start writing Ward Room from Milwaukee. Read »

Monday, Dec 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Illinois House Passes Sears-CME Bill

Illinois House Passes Sears-CME Bill

The Illinois House on Monday approved a tax-break bill that would keep Sears Holding Corp. and CME Group, Inc. in Illinois. The House voted 81-28 in favor of the package after approving tax breaks for working... Read »

Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Deal Reached on Sears-CME Bill: Report

Deal Reached on Sears-CME Bill: Report

Lawmakers have reached a deal that would keep Sears and CME in Illinois, sources say. Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) and House GOP Leader Tom Cross' office confirmed to Crain's Chicago that a deal will be put to a... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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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Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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