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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Rides to State Fair on Harley

After removing his helmet, the Winnetka businessman said he would lead an administration that is efficient and transparent. He repeated a vow, made following his primary victory, to sweep Gov. Pat Quinn into... Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Blasts Dems for Budget Process

Rauner Blasts Dems for Budget Process

Rauner talked to reporters in Northbrook Monday as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn was set to meet with lawmakers in Springfield. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Rauner calls this year's budget process "playing... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

How Pensions Will Shape the Election

How Pensions Will Shape the Election

No issue that inflames such passions or matters to so many people ever completely goes away in a campaign. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 4:41 AM
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By Sara Burnett/Kerry Lester

Legislators Prepare for Pension Vote

Legislators Prepare for Pension Vote

Illinois lawmakers were poised Tuesday to vote on a plan to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis — a proposal many are calling the most important vote of their careers and one that could deeply... Read »

Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Pricey Capitol Doors Also a Security Hazard

Pricey Capitol Doors Also a Security Hazard

A set of new copper-plated doors at the Illinois state Capitol previously criticized for their exorbitant cost are now under fire for security concerns. Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Springfield Bishop Offers Same-Sex Marriage "Exorcism"

Springfield Bishop Offers Same-Sex Marriage

On the same day next week that Gov. Pat Quinn signs the same sex marriage bill in Chicago, Springfield Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki will offer "Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM
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By Ward Room Staff, The Associated Press

Gay Marriage Opponents Rally in Springfield

The "Defend Marriage Lobby Day" event is sponsored by the Illinois Family Institute. It follows Tuesday's "March on Springfield" protest by gay marriage supporters. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Lauren Petty

Illinois Becomes Last State To Approve Concealed Carry

Illinois Becomes Last State To Approve Concealed Carry

Both the House and Senate on Tuesday voted to override Gov. Pat Quinn's revised gun bill, making Illinois the final state to allow firearms to be carried in public. Read »

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

George Ryan Writing Tell-All Memoir: Report

Former Gov. George Ryan may spill long-buried Springfield secrets in a tell-all book. Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reports the once-imprisoned governor is writing his memoir, and Ryan's son calls it a... Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM
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By Sara Burnett/ Associated Press

Illinois Lawmakers Weighing Pension Options

Illinois Lawmakers Weighing Pension Options

After years of trying, lawmakers return to Springfield on Monday with something they haven't had before: two potential options for finally addressing Illinois' multibillion-dollar pension problem. 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.

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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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