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CTA Circle Line Project Gets $8M Earmark In Omnibus Spending Bill

Chicago Public Radio | Ammad Omar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority's long-discussed Circle Line is getting a boost from Congress. The project received a $8 million earmark - sponsored by ...

Ryan Grim

Financial Product Safety Commission: Dems Want Mortgages Regulated Like Toys, Drugs | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Discussion of the financial collapse routinely touches on issues of solvency, liquidity, bundled securities and the collapsing housing market. But it ...

Inside The Senate Omnibus Disaster: Reid Reportedly "Beside Himself"

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Passage of the $410 billion, leftover-from-last-year omnibus spending bill was supposed to be a perfunctory, pro forma task. Instead, it's become a co...

High-Speed Rail To The Rescue: Durbin, Quinn Make Stimulus Funds Pitch For Train Project

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO - Illinois leaders want stimulus money to develop high-speed train travel between Chicago and St. Louis. Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Du...

Durbin: Race Factored In Burris Seating

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson and Deanese Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Dick Durbin, who advised Sen. Roland Burris last week to step down from the Senate, acknowledged Sunday that racial considerations were at play i...

O'Connor Denies Claiming Support Of Emanuel, Durbin In Campaign Fliers

Chicago Sun-Times | Abdon M. Pallasch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Is Mayor Daley's "unofficial floor leader" claiming "unofficial endorsements" from Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Dick Durbin? No, no, no, Ald. Patrick O'Conn...

Burris Still Has Senate Clout, Despite Furor

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Despite the furor surrounding Sen. Roland Burris, experts say Illinois is unlikely to suffer much from having a senator who'...

Durbin: Burris Should Resign (VIDEO)

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Sen. Roland Burris refused to resign on Tuesday, rebuffing the call from the Senate's No. 2 Democrat who made it clear that the emb...

Black Pastors Who Backed Burris Will Ask Him To Resign: AP

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Roland Burris kept out of sight Friday as longtime friend Gov. Pat Quinn joined the roster of fellow Democrats calling for h...

Durbin: Burris Testimony Incomplete, Raises Questions About Appointment

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ATHENS, Greece -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he believes the testimony Roland Burris gave to Illinois lawmakers about his appointment to the U.S. Sena...

Dem Senators Pressure Obama's DOJ To Release Torture Report

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday I pointed you to this big scoop in Newsweek reporting that an internal Justice Department review conducted under the Bush administration had...

Burris 'Vastly Minimized' Blago Affidavit To Reid, Durbin: Report

Chicago Sun-Times | Lynn Sweet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

I bet Sen. Roland Burris only casually flagged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Dick Durbin about the affidavit he sent to the Illinois Hous...

The Sporadically Honorable Gentleman From Illinois (or, "Mr. Burris Goes Out to Lunch")

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"...and here you are, sir: hamburger, medium-rare, and fries. You're sure you don't want anything to drink?"

As Burris Storm Brews, Durbin In Greece With Potential Foe Giannoulias

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As a political storm brewed around new U.S. Sen. Roland Burris on Tuesday, fellow Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin kept mum, traveling out of the country wit...

Come Home, Dick Durbin: Come Clean on FutureGen

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

As the nation comes to grips with the need to shift our focus to non-fossil fuel sources of energy, it is disappointing to see Sen. Durbin turn into a cheerleader for the "Dirtiest Wing" of the coal industry.

Bipartisanship (is) for Dummies

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

The idea that we can turn this economy around by caving to the feckless demands of those who screwed it up in the first place is utterly bankrupt.

Obama Returning To Springfield Next Week To Honor Lincoln

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama is heading back to his home state for the first time as president. The White House says he will travel to Springfield...

HuffPost Breaks Another Bailout Story: Reform Groups Demand Investigation!

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Too many Americans believe money buys results in Congress -- an idea that heightens cynicism about our democracy and weakens civic engagement.

Blagojevich: Obama Should Fire Rahm Emanuel (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In his hour-long closing statement before the Illinois State Senate today, Governor Rod Blagojevich continued to traipse across the plane of outlandis...

Durbin: Barbara Walters Not On Blago's Jury

State Journal-Register | Rhys Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

"That's the governor's choice as to what he does with his time, but Barbara Walters is not on his jury," [U.S. Sen. Dick] Durbin said. "Fifty-nine Ill...

How Much Have We Really Changed?

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

As Americans, we seem far better at touting how far we've moved past our racist legacy than actually dealing with our racial problems.

In Chicago, 'Everything Stops' For Obama Inauguration

AP | Don Babwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ninety-year-old Timuel Black says he all but lost hope for the country when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert Kennedy were as...

Ryan Grim

Dem Sen. Durbin: "I Feel Like I've Been TARPed And Feathered" | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Democratic leadership is whipping its members ahead of a crucial vote on whether to release the second half of the $350 billion in bailout fund...

Blago's Symbolic Parting Gift to Dirty Coal: Will Obama Follow?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

Impeachment notwithstanding, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill this week that will send another $18 million down the "clean coal" rabbit hole in Illinois. The delusional symbolism couldn't be more obvious.

Durbin To Hold Reception For Burris After Initially Opposing Seating

Chicago Tribune | Jill Zuckman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Appointed U.S. Sen. Roland Burris will be sworn in Thursday, ending the saga of his selection by impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Vice President Dick ...