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Chicago Tribune editorial follows reporter Ray Long and photographer John J. Kim review of Illinois Executive Mansion decay 
The 160-year-old governor's mansion in Springfield is a wreck, and a perfect symbol for Illinois. (Motto: The Fixer-Upper State.)
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Alarming levels of brain-damaging lead are poisoning more than a fifth of the children tested from some of the poorest parts of Chicago, even as the hazard has been largely eliminated in more prosperous neighborhoods, a Tribune investigation has found.
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Chicago Cultural Center's grand dome is falling apart. Know anyone with $4 million?
I think it was a helpful security guard who, upon my first visit to the Chicago Cultural Center, suggested: Be sure to go upstairs and see the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.
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Illinois Executive Mansion crumbling through decade of neglect, decay by Chicago Tribune reporter Ray Long and photographer John Kim 
Inside the Executive Mansion, plaster fell from the ceilings, black mold took root in the basement and rainwater seeped into the Lincoln bedroom so often that workers draped tarps over the furniture and put a white plastic bucket beside the bed to catch the drips.
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Chicago's homeless prepare to cast votes for mayor in runoff between Rahm Emanuel and Jesus
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Chicago mayoral challenger Jesus Garcia provided promise, unfulfilled potential by Chicago Tribune's David Heinzmann and Ray Long

'Chuy' hopes track record in community will help defeat Rahm Emanuel

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Even as Mayor Rahm Emanuel pledged this week to reverse some of the city's most-criticized borrowing practices, one major ratings agency on Friday highlighted another financial issue: rapidly ballooning employee pension fund payments.
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Pension checks flow to ex-lawmakers in scholarship scam, porn case lead to policy change by Chicago Tribune's Ray Long

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Chicago Cultural Center's grand dome is falling apart. Know anyone with $4 million?
I think it was a helpful security guard who, upon my first visit to the Chicago Cultural Center, suggested: Be sure to go upstairs and see the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.
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Quinn anti-violence grant program prompts GOP lawmaker's bill, by Chicago Tribune reporter Ray Long
A Republican lawmaker who co-chaired hearings into the anti-violence grant scandal under former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for more state oversight and a ban on the practice of splashy grant announcements made by elected officials in the weeks before an election.
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Child porn conviction costs ex-lawmaker Illinois pension, one he sweetened during federal investigation, by Ray Long of Chicago Tribune

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Ex-Rep. Keith Farnham , sentenced to eight years in prison in a child pornography case, has lost his state legislative pension and a portion of the refund he stands to collect.
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Electric rate hike threat signed by Rauner; lawmakers skip Quinn By Chicago Tribune reporters Ray Long and Lauren Zumbach 
A bill that could result in electric rate increases through the end of the decade as two major power companies move forward on a sweeping grid modernization program was approved Friday by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
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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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I have covered five governors, a mayor named Daley at City Hall, a guy named Obama and hundreds of good, bad and crooked pols along the way. Picked up a variety of awards for breaking, investigative and in-depth coverage, and somehow got honored with placement in EIU and UIS halls of fame. Please send tips to RLong@tribune.com.
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2 teachers union lobbyists used loophole for fat pensions
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Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once the

Emanuel: Son on phone with college counselor at time of attack
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday that his teenage son was on the phone with his college counselor when he was beaten and robbed near the famil

The Black Panther raid, 45 years ago this week
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Forty-five years ago this week, Fred Hampton, the rising star of a declining Black Panther Party, was killed in a police raid at a West Side

Rauner avoids nursing home questions as trial starts
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Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on Monday avoided direct response to new revelations about ties to a troubled nursing home chain,

New subpoena in federal probe of Quinn anti-violence grant program
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SPRINGFIELD --- A new subpoena seeking records about Gov. Pat Quinn 's botched 2010 anti-violence program has been issued, this time from a

Quinn, Rauner rip each other on ethics, budget during Tribune endorsemen...
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Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner hammered each other on ethics, education and budget plans today during a ;

When CBS preempted 'The Price is Right' for Obama's speech, all hell bro...
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Forget ISIS. America has spoken, and it cares much more about TPIR.

Rauner's pandering benefits Quinn
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Just yesterday, the Quinn campaign for governor served up a fastball to Republican Bruce Rauner :

More than 2,000 apply for medical pot in first week
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More than 2,000 patients have applied for medical marijuana IDs in Illinois in the first week that applications have been accepted, state of

Court: Same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Wisconsin unconstitutional
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A federal appeals court in Chicago has upheld lower court decisions that same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin are unconstitutiona

Key red light camera player cooperating with feds
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The alleged bagman in a $2 million bribery scandal over Chicago's red light camera contract is cooperating with federal authorities and has

Rauner loses another round in term limit referendum bid
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Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner lost another round in his bid to get a term limit referendum before voters today when an appellat

Indicted Texas governor Rick Perry turns himself in to authorities
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AUSTIN ; Texas ;(Reuters) - ; Texas ;Governor ; Rick ; Perry , a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, turned himself

Quinn wants Rauner running mate to apologize to cows for 'tipping' remark
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SPRINGFIELD --- Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is milking an Upstate-Downstate kerfuffle with Republican Bruce Rauner 's running mate over an udd

Study: Flame retardants found in moms, kids
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One flame retardant is linked to cancer and was voluntarily taken out of children's pajamas in the 1970s after researchers discovered it mut

Obama says CEOs should quit complaining: Economist
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said corporate America has done well under his economic policies, telling the Economist magazine that ch

Former Republican foe backs Rauner for governor
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Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner urged Asian-Americans to vote for him over Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn during a stop in Chinatown t

Pacers' Paul George suffers serious leg injury
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LAS VEGAS — A night meant to celebrate USA Basketball and Derrick Rose 's return took a horrific turn Friday night at Thomas & Mack Center o

Lollapalooza: Eminem closes day one
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Reports from Friday, day one at the Lollapalooza in Grant Park, from Greg Kot (GK),Bob Gendron (BG) and Kevin Williams (KW):