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  • 10 things you might not know about victory speeches

    10 things you might not know about victory speeches
    When Republican Bruce Rauner claimed victory Tuesday in a bitter race for governor, his speech set off a whole new wave of controversy. He told supporters he had called Democratic legislative leaders Michael Madigan and John Cullerton, "and I said to them, 'This is an opportunity for us to work together.'" But questions were raised about whether the lawmakers had actually been on the phone with Rauner, and the governor-elect admitted he had talked with an aide in one case and left a voice mail in another. Here are 10 tales of triumphant talkers:
  • Stephen Colbert on eating pets

    Stephen Colbert on eating pets
       It turns out that NRA lobbyists weren’t the only ones working to encourage the state House to duck from voting on a bill that would have banned pigeon shoots, “hunting” tethered animals and raising dogs and cats for human consumption....

    Monday Morning Coffee: A Quick Fill-Up On News.

     
    Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. The House is in for three days this week before the start of annual budget hearings. The Senate is not in voting session this week. There may be some who joke (like, say, us, for...

    It'll Be A Lonely Primary For A Lot Of Lawmakers This Year.

     
    Good Afternoon, All. If there was any doubt, it looks like the vogue for reform has passed and the wave of anger from the 2006 cycle has officially subsided. We've just gone and checked the list of candidates from the...

    Thursday Morning Coffee: The five things you need to know this morning.

     
    Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Well here we are again: into the final furlong before what's shaping up to be another scorcher of a July weekend. At times like this, we find ourselves wishing we lived in 1920s France and...