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Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM
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By Sara Burnett and Kerry Lester

Illinois Legislature OKs "Incomplete" 2015 Budget

Illinois Legislature OKs

The Illinois Legislature sent a new state budget to Gov. Pat Quinn Friday that majority Democrats acknowledge puts off tough decisions about whether to slash spending or find new sources of revenue — including... Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM
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By The Associated Press

"Cupcake" Bill Advances in State Legislature

HB5354 would require sellers to go through sanitation training, pay fees, label ingredients, and let consumers know the product was made in a home kitchen. Read »

Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Ticket Quotas

Illinois Senate Approves Ban on Ticket Quotas

The bill also states that officers would not be evaluated based on the number of citations they give. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM
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By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar Award for Tax Strategy

Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar Award for Tax Strategy

Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 9:44 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Oberweis Wins Republican Senate Primary

Oberweis managed to pull out a win despite an unusual disappearance in the week leading up to Illinois' Primary Election, as well as questions about his permanent residency, Oberweis on Tuesday night held on to... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 6:43 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern

Oberweis Hangs Out In Florida a Week Before Primary

NBC 5 has learned the U.S. Senate candidate flew out of Illinois Saturday, and is at his million-dollar Bonita Beach Florida condo until the end of the week. Read »

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

As the primaries get closer, make sure you're familiar with the most contentious and important races. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 6:23 AM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Senate Eyes Tax on Sugary Drinks

Illinois Senate Eyes Tax on Sugary Drinks

The legislation, sponsored by Chicago Democratic Sen. Mattie Hunter, would impose a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

It’s an age-old adage: How you frame a political debate goes a long way to determining whether or not you’re likely to win. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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By Associated Press

Sen. Kirk Back to Work After Gall Bladder Surgery

Sen. Kirk Back to Work After Gall Bladder Surgery

Senators are considering a bipartisan budget deal. The agreement passed by the House sets spending limits for defense and domestic programs for two years and averts a possible government shutdown in January.... Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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