Politics

Politics
4:18 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. treated for bipolar disorder

Jesse Jackson, Jr.
jackson.house.gov

Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is being treated for bipolar depression II, according to a news release from the Mayo Clinic.

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Politics
6:28 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Illinois politicians and voters respond to Paul Ryan announcement

Politicians from both major parties offer their thoughts on Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan was tapped to run for Vice President on the Republican ticket.

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Politics
2:25 am
Tue July 31, 2012

One year of 'wedded' bliss: civil unions in Illinois

Dozens of these signs were carried around the DeKalb County courthouse during the July 2011 civil unions celebration.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

It has been more than a year since civil unions became legal in Illinois. And in that time, more than 5,000 couples have tied the only knot available to same-sex partners. Several DeKalb couples have just celebrated their first legally-recognized anniversary. 

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Pension reform
12:31 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Frustrated State Rep. Winters moves retirement forward to Tuesday

State Rep. Dav Winters
ilga.gov

State Rep. Dave Winters, R-Shirland, citing frustration over the pension-reform impasse in the Illinois General Assembly, today announced that his retirement from the Illinois House of Representatives will take effect Tuesday, July 31.

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Politics
8:02 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Freeport layoffs inspire outsourcing debate

The Lincoln-Douglas debate sculpture in Freeport, Illinois.
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

Workers at a Freeport company that’s slated to move jobs overseas got support from Governor Pat Quinn Thursday. Their also inspiring talk of a hosting a debate on outsourcing.

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Politics
6:30 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Lawsuit filed against Illinois campaign finance law

A conservative political group is suing to overturn contribution limits on Illinois election campaigns.

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The Derrick Smith case
12:07 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

House will convene Aug. 17 on Smith's fate

Rep. Derrick Smith

The Illinois House of Representatives will convene for one day next month to consider whether to expel one of its own.

A day after a special House committee recommended that Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, lose his seat, Speaker Michael Madigan told members to be in Springfield on Friday, Aug. 17.

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Blagojevich corruption aides
10:51 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Levine relieved by light corruption sentence

Stuart Levine

A relatively short prison sentence seems to be bringing some relief to Stuart Levine, one of the central figures in the Blagojevich scandal.
After being sentenced yesterday, Stuart Levine smiled and shook hands and joked with many of the prosecutors and FBI agents who investigated him and brought him down.
And what a downfall it's been.
Levine went from being a multi-millionaire to working at a kiosk in a mall.

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Wisconsin Politics
10:30 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Democrat battle for Baldwin's House seat gets nasty

Reps. Mark Pocan and Kelda Roys
Wisconsin.gov

The race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin’s Second District, which includes Beloit and much of Rock County,  has turned into a nasty fight between legislative colleagues, one championing experience and pragmatism, the other touting passion and exuberance.

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Politics
5:04 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Blagojevich fundraiser dodges prison time

Ali Ata donated $50,000 to Rod Blagojevich. In return he was appointed the executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority, a job that paid $125,000 a year.

Ata pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his relationship with the corrupt Blagojevich fundraiser and advisor Tony Rezko. But prosecutors say Ata began cooperating during Rezko's trial and ended up being a key witness.

On the stand Ata detailed a meeting where he gave Rezko a $25,000 contribution.

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