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Cross, Frerichs Treasurer Contest Cues Up Fierce Clash

David Ormsby | Posted 04.15.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Both the rhetoric and the tactics are heating up in race for State Treasurer, which other than the Governor's race, offers the most potential for drama in Illinois' 2014 campaign season.

Illinois House Speaker Halts Planned Tax On Millionaires

AP | By KERRY LESTER | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An effort to tax Illinois millionaires is on hold after the state's powerful House speaker couldn't get enough votes to pus...

GOP Governor Hopeful's Wife Claims She's A Democrat

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, who is running to unseat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), aimed to moderate his message in a new campaign ad featurin...

Maybe This Is Why People Aren't Voting In Illinois Anymore

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

A new poll just might help explain why voter turnout was so abysmally low in the recent Illinois primary. According to data released Monday by Sout...

Theme Songs Of The Illinois Primary Election Season

Madison Bondi | Posted 03.27.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Ever think election season would be more palatable with a soundtrack? Well, Illinois, here you go--all the songs we were reminded of during the primar...

Top 5 Reasons Doug Truax Lost GOP U.S. Senate Primary to Jim Oberweis

Madison Bondi | Posted 03.21.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Political newcomer Doug Truax had a formidable opponent when he faced State Sen. Jim Oberweis in the Republican primary to face U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin ...

Why the Illinois GOP Might Be Considering a Name Change to the Grand 'New' Party

Margaret M. Kruse | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Margaret M. Kruse

Over the last couple years, Illinois' Grand Old Party has been receiving messages from its voter base letting them know that their rusty, old machine ...

Voters Picking GOP Governor Nominee In Illinois Primary

AP | SARA BURNETT and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Sensing a real chance to put one of their own back in the governor's office, Republican primary voters picked candidates Tuesday who ...

Republicans Who Backed Gay Marriage Targeted By Attack Ads

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

The three Republican state representatives who strayed from the party line to vote in favor of same-sex marriage last year are now fighting for their ...

GOP Candidate Admits He's The 1 Percent Of The 1 Percent

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

Republican gubernatorial candidate and Illinois businessman Bruce Rauner wants to set the record straight: He's not just part of the one percent, he's...

Labor Unions Fear Outcome Of Illinois Governors Race

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — When superrich Republican Bruce Rauner decided to run for governor of Illinois, it was clear this wouldn't be the kind of race the st...

Gov. Pat Quinn Plans for State Government 2.0

David Ormsby | Posted 02.28.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Governor Pat Quinn's administration is poised to launch a vast and expensive modernization of state government's financial wiring and work processes that will revolutionize operations and likely displace ossified workers, upend encrusted work habits, and mothball-rusted file cabinets.

10 Reasons Why Illinoisans Are More Resilient

Madison Bondi | Posted 02.28.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

1. You can drive in any kind of traffic/weather. 2. Heat waves AND snowmageddons, no problem. 3. Dominick's closes and you can still manage to...

Suit Seeks to Bolster Cullerton Bid for DuPage Dem Party Chief

David Ormsby | Posted 02.22.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Budding Democratic power in DuPage County is translating into budding interest and intrigue to control the county party's top job.

Sexual Harassment Suit Bad News For GOP Gubernatorial Candidate

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — While a federal lawsuit against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford has publicized salacious sexual harassment allegations, government ...

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate: Sexual Harassment Suit 'Smells Of Politics'

AP | KERRY LESTER and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — The campaign for Illinois governor took a jarring turn Monday when a former state employee accused a Republican candidate, state Trea...

Ex-Employee Claims GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Sexually Harassed Him

Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

A former high-level employee of Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford went public Monday with allegations that the Republican gubernatorial candidate sexu...

Head of Illinois Mine Safety Took Thousands in Campaign Contributions from Coal Baron Chris Cline

Will Reynolds | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The public deserves to know whether mines owned by Chris Cline were given special consideration during the permitting process or on safety standards.

CTU Moves Forcefully to Boost Will Guzzardi over Rep. Toni Berrios

David Ormsby | Posted 04.09.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

In the rematch between State Rep. Toni Berrios (D-Chicago) and ex-Huffington Post/Chicago Associate Editor Will Guzzardi, the Chicago Teachers Union i...

Judge Laura Liu Slated as 1st Asian-American Appellate Court Justice

David Ormsby | Posted 04.03.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

A former president of the Chinese American Bar Association, Liu credits the efforts of earlier Illinois Asian-Americans, who broke professional barriers, for laying the foundation of her ascension to the Illinois appellate court.

Former GOP Congressman's Son Sentenced For Selling Oxycodone To High School Students

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

George Washington Crane V, the son of former Rep. Phil Crane (R-Ill.), was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for selling oxycodone pills to high ...

Speaker Madigan Pushes Massive Corporate Tax Breaks

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2014 | Chicago

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - With big Illinois state income tax increases set to partially expire in 2015, the Democrat...

GOP Congressional Candidate's Rant Ranked Among Top 'Flip Outs' Ever

Belleville News-Democrat | Mike Fitzgerald | Posted 03.25.2014 | Chicago

Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, the lone candidate in the GOP primary for the 12th U.S. House District seat, is embracing his May, 30, 2012, rant on the Ill...

The Best Illinois GIF Gallery of 2013!

Madison Bondi | Posted 03.17.2014 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

2013 was an exciting, awkward, frustrating, and confusing year in Illinois. Join us as we take a look back at some of the most memorable highlights fr...

Bruce Rauner Abruptly Reverses Course On Lowering Minimum Wage

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

In a stunning reversal, Illinois billionaire and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he supports increasing the state's minimum wage ...