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James B. Durkin

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  • Open thread: The Weeks in Review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of...
  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that...

    Hip, hip, harangue!

     
    Three cheers for Downstate lawmaker who shouted truth to power vI live more than 300 miles from Downstate Republican Mike Bost's Illinois House district and differ with him on many issues, but he was truly my representative Tuesday when he...

    In praise of Jim Durkin

     
    State Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs will be the new GOP House minority leader. For a little perspective on him, here are some passages from the 2002 Tribune endorsement of him in his U.S. Senate race against Democrat Dick...

    Quinn, Rauner get personal in Tribune exchange

     Quinn, Rauner get personal in Tribune exchange
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner lobbed a nonstop volley of character attacks at each other during their first face-to-face meeting in five months, a strong signal that the homestretch of the governor's race will focus on...