Politics

U.S. Marshals Selling Furs And Memorabilia
6:35 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Ex-Congressman Jackson, Jr's "Stuff" Up For Auction

Detail of an autographed Michael Jackson collage formerly owned by Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Credit U.S. Marshals Service

Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee, and a pile of expensive furs are on the auction block tomorrow. U.S. Marshals are selling off some of the valuable possessions of former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife, former Chicago alderman Sandra Stevens Jackson. 

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Northern Illinois House Reaction
10:39 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Congress Reacts to President's Syria Speech

Congress members – like most of the world -- appear to be taking a “wait and see” stance on Syria. 

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House GOP selects next leader
4:11 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Cook County Republican Durkin Joins "The Four Tops"

Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) bested Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) as Illinois House Republicans’ new leader. Despite a “scuffle” over the leadership post in past days, Durkin and Poe presented a united front after the closed-door caucus meeting at the Statehouse Inn in Springfield Thursday.
Credit Amanda Vinicky

Call him “House Minority Leader Durkin.” State Representative Jim Durkin was elected Thursday by his Republican colleagues as their new House leader.  

The new Republican leader is from the Cook County village of Western Springs. He’s an attorney and has served twice in the Illinois House: from 1994 to 2002, and from 2006 to today. In between, he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate.  

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Politics
12:48 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

House GOP Will Meet To Pick A Leader

State Rep. Tom Cross
Credit ilga.gov

Republican members of the Illinois House of Representatives will meet Thursday to try to select a replacement for GOP Leader Tom Cross, who announced last week that he will be stepping down. He's expected to run for State Treasurer instead.

Seventeen House Republicans who signed a letter officially scheduling the meeting say there's no time to waste in replacing him.

The letter says the House Republican's fundraising arm is in "dire financial straits" ... and that shoring up funds ahead of next year's election will be difficult until a new leader is in place.

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Tom Cross for treasurer?
12:37 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Illinois House GOP Leader Wants New Job

Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross at Chicago-Rockford International Airport in 2012.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Illinois House minority leader Tom Cross is telling his Republican colleagues today he plans to run for Illinois treasurer. 

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Attorney General cites father in decision
5:26 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Lisa Madigan Will Not Run For Governor

Credit lisamadigan.org

Lisa Madigan will NOT run for Illinois governor next year. The state’s Attorney General announced today she has been considering a run for governor for months, but decided to stick with her current job.

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Federal corruption sentence is served
5:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Former Governor Ryan Is Free

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan, in 2007
Credit spsarge / Flickr

George Ryan is a free man today. The former Illinois governor was released from federal custody after spending five years in prison for corruption and another six months under home confinement.

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Senate Bill 744
4:09 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Senate Approves Immigration Overhaul

The Senate has passed a sweeping immigration bill, widely seen as the product of the "Gang of 8," a group that includes Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz. (left), and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The two shook hands before Thursday's final vote.
Credit J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The Senate approved a sweeping immigration bill Thursday, endorsing a bill that would put millions of immigrants who illegally entered the United States on a path to citizenship. The final vote tally on the bill was 68 in favor, with 32 opposed.

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New committee with big responsibilty
12:57 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Ten Tasked With Illinois Pension Reform

Illinois lawmakers have created a committee to address the state's 97-billion-dollar pension problem. The House and Senate agreed to form a bipartisan conference committee to tackle the nation’s largest state pension shortfall. 

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Nation's toughest?
6:26 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Fracking Standards Now Law In Illinois

Credit epa.gov

Governor Pat Quinn says he has signed into law the nation's toughest regulations on "fracking" – while unlocking the potential for thousands of jobs. 

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