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Quinn's Secret Lottery Deal Must Be Stopped

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

The stars are aligning for another bad deal for Illinois taxpayers, one that will dwarf the mistakes of Chicago's parking meter fiasco.

Blago's Brother Free, But Testimony Showed He Was No Dope

Janan Hanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Janan Hanna

Robert Blagojevich traveled in sophisticated circles. He likely knows very well what pay-to-play is, and knows too that politics permeates all relationships -- personal and professional.

Gov. Quinn's Chief Of Staff Steps Down Amid Ethics Probe

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With 23 percent approval ratings, a crippling state deficit and a 9-point lag in the race for governor, Pat Quinn has had a rough few months. And on S...

VOTE: Should Illinois Voters Pay For A Blagojevich Retrial?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As some jurors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial express regret, federal prosecutors are already gearing up for a retrial. On Tuesday, a jury ...

Under New Illinois Law, Governor Pat Quinn Gives a 73-year Old Illlinois Adoptee His Name

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

House Bill 5428 makes Illinois the seventh state in the U.S. to reverse mid-20th century laws mandating the automatic sealing of adoptees' original birth certificates.

Quinn's Chatty Budget Director: Tax Hike Will Be Bigger Than Previously Reported

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Governor Pat Quinn is not having a good day. First, yet another poll was released that shows Republican Bill Brady leading Quinn 44-37. Then, the go...

A White Collar Prison Song for Blago?

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Even though the jury has yet to decide Blago's fate, he sure seems like a guy who deserves his own prison song. A Merle Haggard documentary inspired me to grab my guitar and a pad of paper.

Governor Pat Quinn's "Open Primary" Push Is Fish Food

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Under current Illinois law, a voter must declare a party affiliation before voting in the primary, which is then recorded as a public record. Pat Quinn's "open primary" plan would change that.

Quinn's Lack of Leadership Continues to Hurt the People of Illinois

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

Quinn has failed to tell the public that his more than $1 billion in cuts was mostly smoke and mirrors. In reality, Quinn cut very little from the budget, which still carries a $13 billion deficit.

Illinois House Approves Rewrite Of Telecom Bill, Critics Fear Rate Hikes

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A plan to modernize Illinois telecommunications law and create jobs unanimously passed the Illinois House on Wednesday, desp...

Scott Lee Cohen's Son Busted For Underage Drinking

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

More bad news for Cohen? Scott Lee Cohen's 20-year-old son was cited for underage drinking Monday night, according to sources. Police confirm th...

Scott Lee Cohen: 'Shoot All The Elected Politicians'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If nothing else, Scott Lee Cohen's decision to run for governor has certainly spiced up the race. In about 24 hours, Cohen has been bashed by his comp...

Governor Pat Quinn Saves AIDS Drugs Program From Illinois Budget Wreck

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

In the belching, burning wreckage of the Illinois budget, a survivor, miraculously, emerged. Pat Quinn announced today that state funding for the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program would be spared.

Despite $1 Million in TV Ads, Bill Brady's Campaign Tanks 9 Points, New Poll Shows

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Brady has spent $600,000 in ads to introduce himself and another $400,000 to batter Quinn. Quinn's campaign allowed the ads to go unanswered. And you know what? Brady's poll numbers have tanked.

Champaign City Council Reacts To Mayor Jerry Schweighart's Birther Comments

Smile Politely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

John O'Connor didn't set out for the Tea Party rally intending to expose Champaign Mayor Jerry Schweighart as a Birther. Honest. The grad student at t...

Pat Quinn Gives Former Governor Jim Edgar Some Love (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It is no secret that former Republican Governor Jim Edgar is not a huge fan of Bill Brady. Edgar, who was the most well-liked (and least corrupt) Illi...

Mike Quigley's Spring Break: Learning By Doing

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

When Mike Quigley returned to the United States House of Representatives from the Easter recess on Tuesday, he was armed with a couple of atypical vac...

WATCH: Kirk Launches New Ad Attacking Giannoulias' Broadway Bank Problems

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Just days after Alexi Giannoulias accused his opponent for Illinois Senate Mark Kirk of being "obsessed" with talking about Broadway Bank's problems, ...

Pat Quinn Signs Law Giving Tax Credits To Small Businesses That Hire Full-Timers

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law giving tax credits to small businesses that hire new full-time employees. The new law Quinn signed Tu...

Blago Trial Tactics Won't Work

Edwin Eisendrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edwin Eisendrath

Criminal trials are supposed to be about the facts and the law. The corruption trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich will be about neither.

Alexi Giannoulias Launches Anti-Mark Kirk April Fool's Ad (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk takes heat on both sides of the aisle for comments he made about trying to repeal health care reform, his opp...

Blagojevich Basks In The Spotlight Despite Looming Trial

AP | SHARON COHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The day before Rod Blagojevich's world came crashing down, he stood before the TV cameras confident and defiant, as always, declaring ...

Rachel Maddow On Mark Kirk's Pledge To Repeal Health Reform: 'Really, Mark Kirk?' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mark Kirk has not said much about his pledge to "lead the effort" to repeal health reform since the media found out about statements he made at a Repu...

Mark Kirk: 'Has Anyone Laughed At You Today Because You're From Illinois?'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It appears that Illinois Senate candidate Mark Kirk is trying to channel some of the Tea Party rage that has escalated following the passing of health...

Pat Quinn's Got The Moves: Governor Quinn Dances To Show Blackhawks Some Love (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks have the sports victory-deprived City of Chicago in a tizzy, and for good reason. This weekend, the Hawks take on the Philadelp...