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Patience Wearing Thin For Jackson Absence

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 11.29.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — His home in Washington is for sale. His wife says he'll come back to work only when a doctor approves. He vowed to return to the campa...

State GOP Chair Seeks to Outsource Republican Primary

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 10.30.2012 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

When we've got a State GOP Chairman who thinks the biggest problem with the Republican Party is that Republicans are voting too much, is anyone surprised?

State GOP Sets Up 'Fire Madigan' Web Store

Posted 08.27.2012 | Chicago

Turns out Gov. Pat Quinn might not be the only Illinois Democrat who'd prefer to forget a markedly less-than-stellar showing at the State Fair earlier...

Joe Walsh Doubles Down On Radical Islam Comments

The Huffington Post | Cole Stangler | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) is doubling down on some controversial comments he made recently that infuriated Muslim groups. In a town hall meeting las...

Public Debt Crisis Hitting Closer To Home In Illinois

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Barbara Rose & Andrew Schroedter | Posted 08.01.2012 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the Better Government Association: A BGA Rescuing Illinois investigation finds a flood of red ink is crashing over Chicag...

Republican State Lawmakers Introduce Anti-Gay Marriage Resolution

Posted 07.25.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy the Windy City Times: A group of Illinois lawmakers has introduced a resolution aimed at re-affirming the state's ban...

Ex-State Official Tied To Blagojevich Scandal Avoids Prison

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 09.16.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge sentenced a former Illinois official to four years' probation Tuesday in a "pay-to-play" scheme in which he donated $5...

'Crook County'? Romney Advisor Slams Obama's 'Chicago-Style' Politics

Posted 07.17.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's history doesn't exactly help dispel the city's reputation for crooked politics (see slideshow below), but a recent series of attacks on the ...

Analysis: Tuition Waivers Went To Political Donors' Families

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Alden Loury | Posted 07.17.2012 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the Better Government Association: Advocates of the controversial “legislative scholarship” program, which was formal...

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Mother Says Son Dealing With 'Disappointments'

Posted 07.14.2012 | Chicago

The mother of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) on Friday weighed in on the recent disclosure of her son's treatment for a mood disorder while spea...

What Joe Walsh Needs to Know About Tammy Duckworth

Rick Newman | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Rick Newman

Once again this year, Duckworth's alive day will come a few days after a Congressional election she's running in. By then, voters will have decided if she's enough of a hero for them.

Robert Blagojevich Writing A Book About Brother, Ex-Governor Rod

AP | Posted 09.06.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother says he's writing a book about his own three-year-long legal ordeal that resulted...

Tea Party Rep Slams Double Amputee Opponent With Offensive Attack

ThinkProgress | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

Though he never joined the military himself, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) disparaged his Democratic opponent’s military service at a town hall on Sunday, s...

Report: Blagojevich 'Bored,' Wants To Teach In Colorado Prison

Posted 06.27.2012 | Chicago

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is "totally bored" by prison life, according to a report from his former attorney. The Chicago Sun-Times' ...

Report: Illinois' $43.8 Billion Budget Deficit Is Nation's Worst

Posted 06.22.2012 | Chicago

A report released Thursday by the state's Auditor General claimed that Illinois' ever-bulging budget deficit is "easily" the nation's worst. Illino...

Downstate Lawmaker: 'Why Don't We Do Away With Chicago?'

Posted 06.21.2012 | Chicago

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's Tuesday announcement that his plan to shutter a number of prisons -- including the controversial "supermax" priso...

State Prosecutors Refuse To Defend Illinois Gay Marriage Ban

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 08.21.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Twenty-five Illinois couples were prepared for a long legal fight when they joined lawsuits challenging the state's ban on gay marriag...

Governor's Prison Closure Plan 'Final' Despite Opposition

Posted 06.20.2012 | Chicago

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday announced that his decision to close two downstate prisons -- in Tamms and Dwight -- is "final," even as...

State HIV/AIDS Funding Cuts Decried By Health Advocates

Posted 06.16.2012 | Chicago

Funding cuts to community-based HIV prevention, harm-reduction and housing programs approved last month by Illinois state lawmakers have "set back the...

Lizzie Schiffman

Creator Of Fake Illinois House Speaker Twitter Account Considers Starting Super PAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 06.15.2012 | Chicago

@MayorEmanuel, the famously profane and famously fake Twitter account created in mockery of then-mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel, by Chicago writer Dan...

Quinn Signs $1.6 Bilion In Medicaid Cuts, Cigarette Tax Hike Into Law

Posted 06.14.2012 | Chicago

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed a package of legislation -- including $1.6 billion worth of Medicaid cuts and a $1-per-pack ciga...

State Rep. Mell Diagnosed With Cancer

Posted 06.14.2012 | Chicago

Story by Tracy Baim, courtesy of Windy City Times: State Rep. Deborah Mell, one of three openly gay members of the Illinois General Assembly, has b...

Budget Cuts Are Not the Answer

David Vognar | Posted 08.11.2012 | Chicago
David Vognar

It might appear that Illinois is just another spendthrift in a nation of spendthrifts (in a world of spendthrifts). But beyond the rhetoric, which appears everywhere, the numbers don't lie. It's not a spending problem. It's a revenue problem.

WATCH: 7 YouTube Tributes To Republican State Rep's Epic Tirade

Posted 06.06.2012 | Chicago

If you haven't yet seen it, you're probably alone: In an epic tirade that went insta-viral, Republican Illinois state representative Mike Bost late la...

Senate President's Son Facing Criminal Charges.. Again

Posted 06.06.2012 | Chicago

The son of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is facing criminal charges after a bouncer told police the 28-year-old threatened to punch him. ...