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Chicago Tribune's Rick Pearson uncovers Gov. Bruce Rauner gift card payments 
In the critical days leading up to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner 's election last fall, his campaign handed out thousands of $25, $50 and $75 gift cards to people helping get the vote out for him.
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Chicago Tribune's Ray Long on how Speaker Michael Madigan gets school money into his district during Illinois cash crunch 
At a time when Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has frozen state spending and cut the budget, a $35 million state grant got paid in full last month that helps build a 1,500-student school in the district of House Speaker Michael Madigan.
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Taylor Swift took her 1989 tour to Soldier Field on Saturday, July 18, 2015. She'll play again on Sunday, July 19.
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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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Chicago Tribune editorial board weighs in on House Speaker Michael Madigan and school grant 
In his little-known role as the state's librarian, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White maintains government archives, administers grants to local libraries, oversees literacy programs — and launders money to pay for House Speaker Michael Madigan 's pet projects.
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Taylor Swift sold out both of her weekend shows at Soldier Field in Chicago. Swift and Madonna (1987) are the only female solo artists who have played Soldier Field.
Taylor Swift got wistful Saturday night as she recalled her time performing in the Chicago area over the last 10 years.
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The FAA will hold four public meetings to receive feedback from residents on the ongoing project to rework the runway configuration at O'Hare International Airport. O'Hare International Airport runways Existing To be removed In progress CHICAGO TRIBUNE Sources: Federal Aviation Administration,...
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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?
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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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Supreme Court upholds nationwide Obamacare subsidies
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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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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