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Longtime Ald. Edward Burke announced today that he will undergo surgery for prostate cancer on Thursday.
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RAUNER, QUINN, RENDELL over pension investment, political contributions as campaign for Illinois governor goes full swing
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Quinn, Rauner, Rendell wrestle over Rauner donation, GTCR pension deal
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Did FBI informant push Rep. Smith until he said yes?
Attorneys for state Rep. Derrick Smith painted the lawmaker Wednesday as the victim of overzealous FBI agents who had a shady informant hound him about taking a $7,000 bribe until he finally succumbed days before the 2012 Democratic primary.
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STATEMENT FROM MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL ON THE LUCAS MUSEUM OF NARRATIVE ART
 
"George Lucas has revolutionized the art of storytelling over the last four decades and we are honored to be the recipient of this incredible legacy investment that will allow everyone to learn about and experience narrative arts. Like Marshall Field, John G. Shedd and Max Adler before him, George's philanthropy will inspire and educate for generations. No other museum like this exists in the world, making it a tremendous educational, cultural and job creation asset for all Chicagoans, as well as an unparalleled draw for international tourists."
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum.
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Quinn's anti-violence program ignored financial problems when finding where grants should go, now seeking money back
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As a political correspondent.  Keep your eye on the U.S. Attorney's Office in Springfield (the Central District).  Chicago needs to take this one on.  Where was the Central District in the Pay-to-Play Scandal.  No one with "Clout" mentioned getting rid of the U.S. Attorney in Springfield where Mr. Cellini's Corporate/Global Company is located.
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Trib's Bob Secter: Quinn, Rauner, Rendell engage over Rauner donation, Rauner firm's pension deal
Gov. Pat Quinn ’s spokeswoman says there’s no truth to an accusation by Republican opponent Bruce Rauner ’s campaign that Quinn had something to do with the latest twist in the tale of Rauner’s campaign donations to a former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania.
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Parsons on Obama: Christi Parsons covers White House for Chicago Tribune and LA Times, ascends to presidency of WHCA
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I'm the Chicago Tribune's reporter on the Greatest Beat on Planet Earth, Illinois government and politics, where Obama rose, Ryan and Blagojevich fell, and the legislature is run by Madigan.
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Jessica Simpson married former NFL player Eric Johnson in southern California on Saturday, People magazine reported.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn will be in Gifford Monday to sign into law new property tax protections for businesses needing to repair or reb

Feds subpoena emails in Quinn anti-violence fund inquiry
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— A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena for emails of key players in Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn 's troubled $54.5 million anti-violence

Court: State can't cut subsidies for retirees' health care premiums
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The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that subsidized health care premiums for retired state employees are protected under the Illinois Con

Editorial: Taxpayers get stuck with Burge's bill
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The outrage is official. Ex-Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge gets to keep drawing money from the taxpayers.

Rauner used strategy now under IRS scrutiny to slash income taxes
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IRS data show Bruce Rauner to be one of the 11,000 richest tax filers in the nation, but most of the millions he made in recent years was ta

Cancer survivor recalls milestones
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Twelve years ago today I became officially cancer -free after receiving healthy bone marrow from a donor — who happened to be my dad.

Illinois Supreme Court rules Burge can keep his pension
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In a split vote, the Illinois Supreme Court today upheld a Cook County judge's ruling that allows disgraced former Chicago police commander

Appeals court upholds Beavers' conviction
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A federal appeals court today upheld the conviction of former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers a month after he was released from pr

Illinois firms celebrate ruling on contraception coverage
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Illinois business owners who have religious objections to federally mandated contraception coverage in worker health care plans celebrated a

Lucas' museum a risk for Chicago's beloved lakefront
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Celebrity-starved Chicago is having so much fun with the museum that "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to build here that there is a da

Facebook has been experimenting on you
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This might be the reason Facebook doesn't have a dislike button.

Interrogation taping a positive reform for police
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Even for Cook County, which has seen nearly 100 wrongful convictions exposed in the last quarter-century, Tuesday was momentous. The convict

Aaron Kushner's Wrecking Ball
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They glumly marched into the third-floor newsroom of The Orange County Register's Santa Ana headquarters on June 9: editors, reporters, bure

Judge tosses Illinois term limits, remap questions from fall ballot
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A Cook County judge today ruled that proposals that would impose term limits on lawmakers and require a more independent process to draw leg

A tedious battle with huge stakes
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As Michael Madigan 's paid electoral enforcer, attorney Michael Kasper knows that his reputation precedes him.

Alderman pitches renaming Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier ballroom after ...
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A series of possible tributes to former Mayor Jane Byrne were introduced at the City Council Wednesday.

Democrats block two subpoenas from Quinn anti-violence probe
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A day after approving subpoenas for seven former aides to Gov. Pat Quinn in a probe of a troubled $55 million anti-violence program, Democra