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Former Rockford State Senator Joyce Holmberg died this week at the age of 86.

Holmberg was first elected to the State Senate in 1982 but had been very involved in the Democratic Party for decades. She was urged to run for what was dubbed “The Woman’s Seat” by Vivian Hickey, who had also served as Senator in the 34th District.  

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A Democratic State Senator from Evanston is running for governor. Daniel Biss announced live on Facebook today that he is a candidate, then took questions from viewers.

Biss has served in the Illinois legislature since 2011, first in the House and now in the Senate.

He has been an outspoken critic of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, leading a PAC called “Leading Illinois For Tomorrow.” It paid for millions of dollars in advertising trying to link Rauner with then-candidate Donald Trump in the minds of voters.

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The Affordable Health Care Act, the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, has many on one side of the aisle in an uproar.

Congressional Democrats Bill Foster (IL-11) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) have voiced strong opposition to the newly proposed bill. Foster worries that the new plan proposed by Republicans will negatively affect the elderly, rapidly bankrupt Medicare, and give tax cuts to the wealthy.  

President Trump's Tweets, Annotated

Mar 8, 2017

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, we attempt to do just that for key tweets.

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Columnist Charlie Wheeler says there are serious consequences under Gov. Bruce Rauner's tax proposal.  

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