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Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 8:12 PM

Questions to Quinn About Vets Home Promised, Not Completed

On Wednesday, the controversy over the deaths of 13 veterans at a facility in downstate Illinois roiled the gubernatorial race. On Thursday, the attorney general’s race was also affected by the issue. Read »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 2:59 PM

Madigan Appealing Net Neutrality Rollback

Madigan Appealing Net Neutrality Rollback

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is joining a group of law enforcement officials opposing the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality rules. Read »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 1:32 PM
Rahm Emanuel Playfully Dismisses Presidential Run

Rahm Emanuel Playfully Dismisses Presidential Run

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel playfully dismissed questions about whether he would consider a run for president during a news conference.  Watch »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 3:26 PM

Suit: Assessor Unfairly Burdened Minority Property Owners

Suit: Assessor Unfairly Burdened Minority Property Owners

Two community organizations have filed a lawsuit against the Cook County Assessor’s Office after they alleged that the office “systematically” shifted the burden of residential property taxes onto minority... Read »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 7:48 AM

Cook County Voters to See Marijuana Question on Ballot

Voters in Cook County will get the chance to vote on a non-binding question in the March primary on whether recreational marijuana should be legalized. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 6:48 PM

Attorney General Ballot Set for Illinois Primary

Attorney General Ballot Set for Illinois Primary

The Illinois State Board of Elections held its lottery to determine the order in which candidates will appear on the March primary ballot. Read »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Rauner Under Fire for Deaths at Quincy Veteran's Home

Governor Bruce Rauner is under fire Wednesday as a new report reveals the details of the deaths of 13 people at a veteran’s home in downstate Quincy. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Primary Ballot Set for Illinois Governor's Race

Primary Ballot Set for Illinois Governor's Race

The Illinois State Board of Elections held its lottery Wednesday to determine the order in which candidates will appear on the March primary ballot. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 1:39 PM

Consumers Eligible for Payments in TV Set Lawsuit

Consumers Eligible for Payments in TV Set Lawsuit

Illinois residents who purchased a certain type of television set could be eligible for payments after a class-action lawsuit was settled by the Attorney General’s office. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Dem. Candidates for Illinois' 6th District Speak at Forum

Both taxes and health care were two of the main topics at the first forum of all seven candidates running for the Democratic nomination to unseat Rep. Peter Roskam. Read »

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.
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