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  • Chicago Tribune endorsements for Congress

    Chicago Tribune endorsements for Congress
    It's no secret that our 2012 endorsement in the 8th Congressional District was in part a vote of "no confidence" in the bellicose freshman incumbent, Republican Joe Walsh. On key issues such as the need to cut spending or reform Medicare and Social Security, we found Democrat Tammy Duckworth disappointingly noncommittal and Walsh unflinchingly candid.
  • Gay marriage passes Illinois House

    One vote to spare. It's happened, folks. Governor Quinn has indicated he'll sign the bill, and it's already cleared the Senate. Welcome to the future, Illinois. Here's the roll call: Democrats voting no: Anthony Beiser, John Bradley, Katherine Cloonen,...

    FEMA again denies Illinois request for tornado recovery assistance

    FEMA again denies Illinois request for tornado recovery assistance
    Federal disaster officials today for a second time denied an aid request for southern Illinois communities battered by deadly tornadoes Feb. 29, ruling against an appeal filed by the state after the first claim was denied two weeks ago. Gov. Pat Quinn...

    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...

    New bill would prohibit spending public money on stadiums without a public vote

    By Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel TALLAHASSEE — Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton filed a bill Thursday that would forbid the use of public money for professional sports teams without a public vote. If approved, it would block recent attempts to use...