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Any Defiance Could Hurt Blagojevich During Sentencing

AP | By MICHAEL TARM | Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- As Rod Blagojevich steps before a sentencing judge, the impeached Illinois governor might do well to suppress the cocksure, perpetual campa...

Judge Says Blagojevich Sentencing Could Take 2 Days

Posted 12.02.2011 | Chicago

A federal judge who will decide the fate of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich next week told attorneys Friday that it will likely take two days...

Feds: Blagojevich Should Get 15-20 Years In Prison

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich deserves a sentence of 15 to 20 years in prison on his multiple corruption convictions for misusing the power of his o...

SB 397 Poised to Give $100 Million Handout to Wealthiest Corporations in Illinois

Mark Cassello | Posted 01.28.2012 | Chicago
Mark Cassello

Unless a groundswell of public outrage besieges representatives in Springfield tomorrow, the Illinois State Legislature is likely to approve an enormous tax carve-out designed to benefit two of the most profitable companies in the state.

Lawmaker Wants Illinois To Secede From Chicago

Posted 11.22.2011 | Chicago

Republican State Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Decatur, introduced a bill Tuesday urging Congress to "enact legislation dividing Illinois and Cook County into...

Pension Reform: Mike Madigan's Last Chance for a Positive Legacy

Keith Koeneman | Posted 01.15.2012 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

If Speaker Madigan does nothing on pensions and fiscal reform, the history of his political career is already written: three decades of power as the State of Illinois declined.

Veto Session Updates: Red Light Cameras, Gambling, Pensions & More

Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago

As the Illinois General Assembly's fall veto session rallies on in Springfield, debates over gambling, pension reform, red-light cameras in Chicago an...

Bill Daley and the Next Race for Governor of Illinois

Keith Koeneman | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

It seems as if Bill Daley has perfected an important basketball skill: the head fake, a misdirection technique designed to keep your opponent off balance.

Blagojevich's Law License Suspended By State High Court

AP | Posted 12.27.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's license to practice law. The court acted Wednes...

Could the Occupy Chicago Movement Help Gov. Pat Quinn Sustain ComEd "Smart Grid" Veto?

David Ormsby | Posted 12.12.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The thinking among Springfield insiders up until a few weeks had been that the legislature was likely to override Governor Quinn's veto of ComEd's "Smart Grid" bill. That was before the Occupy Wall Street movement ignited.

Last Blagojevich-Related Trial Begins Monday

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A woman who follows celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton on Twitter, a U.S. postal worker and a substitute teacher who choked back te...

Jesse White Already Has Plans For 80th Birthday In 2014

Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair that he is planning to run for re-election in 2014, despite pre...

Quinn Nabs Giannoulias To Head State Community College Board

Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) plans to name former state treasurer and one-time U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias as the new chairman of the I...

Far-Right Republican State Rep. Resigns Abruptly For 'Personal Reasons'

Posted 10.02.2011 | Chicago

Illinois State Rep. Ron Stephens, a 27-year veteran of the state House of Representatives, announced Monday that he was resigning from the post immedi...

Quinn Appoints Burkes' Daughter To Six-Figure Post

Posted 09.27.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday appointed attorney Jennifer Burke, daughter of influential 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke and state Supreme Cour...

Why the Blagojevich Verdict Matters

Paul Dailing | Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago
Paul Dailing

Monday was a good day, even if there are still power plays, shady deals and more money shuffling through Springfield and Chicago each day than through a Vegas casino. A man who thought he was too powerful to be caught was caught.

Blagojevich Takes The Stand In His Own Defense: 'I'm Here Today To Tell You The Truth'

AP | MICHAEL TARM and KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 07.26.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — An unmuzzled Rod Blagojevich launched the campaign of his life Thursday, taking the witness stand at his corruption trial in an attemp...

15,000 Jobs Could Be Lost if Sears Leaves Illinois

Posted 07.09.2011 | Chicago

Since Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a controversial income tax hike into law, several big businesses with headquarters in the state have publicly...

WATCH: Quinn Calls Former Opponent 'Scott Walker On Steroids'

Posted 06.18.2011 | Chicago

Last year, Pat Quinn narrowly won the Illinois gubernatorial race after a rather nasty campaign season. Though his approval ratings were grim and the ...

Jen Sabella

Anti-Gay Adoption Bill Voted Down In Senate Committee | Jen Sabella | Posted 06.13.2011 | Chicago

A bill that would have allowed religious organizations to deny gay couples adoption and foster care services was voted down in Senate committee Wednes...

Jen Sabella

Bill That Would Allow Religious Institutions To Prevent Gays From Adopting Still Alive In Illinois Senate | Jen Sabella | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago

In January, many Illinoisans rejoiced as Governor Pat Quinn signed historic legislation legalizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, making Il...

Always Bet on Money -- Illinois House Passes Smoking Exemption for Casinos

Kyle Hillman | Posted 06.10.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

The Illinois House decided to pass an exception allowing smoke to return to the air. It's not the only House bill eroding the Smoke Free Act hovering around like the haze we are all about to inhale.

Affordable Care Act Anniversary

Andrea Kovach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andrea Kovach

It's time for our leaders in Springfield to make critical decisions about how the Affordable Care Act works in Illinois. Every Illinois resident who cares about their access to health care can help.

Why Is Illinois So Corrupt? Experts Weigh In On State's Sleazy Political Culture

Chicago Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When federal agents arrested Governor Rod Blagojevich two years ago--interrupting what the U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called "a political corrup...

Kirk, Durbin Plot Bipartisan Seating Arrangements For State Of The Union Address

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When Sen. Mark Kirk was elected, he vowed to reach across the aisle and put aside partisan politics for the sake of the American people. While that wa...