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October 07, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Khamenei Eyes U.S. Shutdown

Rouhani's charm offensive at the United Nations General Assembly last month was all well and good, said the Supreme Leader, who will have the final word on any nuclear deal. ... The reaction of Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois was typical. “The ...

October 07, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Brady: Voters growing weary of Quinn's populist acts

Quinn, seeking his second elected term as governor next year, has said ADM's request for tax breaks should not be considered until lawmakers deal with Illinois' worst-in-the-nation unfunded public employee pension liability. "We have to face reality ...

October 07, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

TheDC's first look: College Republicans slam Terry McAuliffe as a 'catfish ...

Democrat Terry McAuliffe is similar to a creep who lies about his true identity — a “catfish” — according to a new College Republican National Committee ad meant to target young women voting in the Virginia gubernatorial race. The spot, called ...

October 06, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

The high cost of corruption: How Kwame Kilpatrick's crimes deepened Detroit's ...

“The numbers don't tell the gravity of the situation,” said Reid Schar, the former federal prosecutor who successfully prosecuted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. “When you have public corruption cases, the things that are very difficult to gauge ...

October 06, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

How other corrupt officials were sentenced

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich got a 14-year prison sentence on 18 corruption convictions in 2011. Among his crimes: trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat of now President Barack Obama. □ Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, who preceded Blagojevich, ...

October 06, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

New questions on deals made by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's indicted ex-comptroller

Despite that, Amer Ahmad gave USI Insurance Services a two-year extension in early July that boosted the value of one of its city contracts by $1 million — making it worth $2.5 million. About two weeks later, on July 23, Ahmad abruptly resigned his ...

October 06, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Governor lands in Peru to talk about road, bridge jobs

Pat Quinn flew into the airport on “IDOT 99” in a campaign stop of sorts — at the very least to campaign for the General Assembly to keep his Illinois Jobs Now! program alive. Quinn repeatedly noted that until he took office four years ago, it had ...

October 06, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago might further stuff prisons

On July 1, the Illinois Department of Corrections had 48,880 inmates behind bars, which is about the same number the agency was housing a year ago. ... He wants the General Assembly to approve the changes during the up-coming fall veto session.

October 06, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Girl Scouts sweet on Curry; event features desserts, award

From serving as a member of the Illinois General Assembly, representing the 101st Legislative District from 1994 to 2003 and as the deputy chief of staff for economy and labor for the governor to providing government consulting services to businesses ...

October 06, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

ADM is doing what's best for business

The politics of pension reform and any tax incentive package will probably be worked out during the General Assembly's October veto session. Let's be clear ... However, Illinois would be the loser if ADM were to relocate its world headquarters to ...

October 06, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Reforming Va. laws a priority for politicians

He also would seek legislative approval to extend the $100 limit to the office of the lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the Virginia General Assembly. .... “Virginia is not used to the kind of corruption one sees in Illinois or Rhode ...

October 06, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Four glimmers of hope on reform front

Patrick Daley Thompson, grandson of the first Mayor Daley and nephew of the second, and now a commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, lives in the famous Bridgeport bungalow his grandfather owned and raised his clan in. Thompson ...

October 05, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Detroit union wins victory worth 'refund on deck of Titanic'

(Reuters) - Detroit's largest public sector union scored a symbolic victory Friday when a Michigan administrative law judge reinstated an extra annual pension check for city workers and retirees, although the judge in the city's bankruptcy case has ...

October 05, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Forum: Burke a hypocrite on guns

Chicago Ald. Ed Burke (14th) has again provided an example of the arrogance of the Chicago political establishment that infuriates so many of us here in Chicago as well as downstate. After decades of political wrangling, Illinois finally rejected the ...

October 05, 2013 @ 7:01 AM

Prosecutors Seek 28 Years in Prison for Detroit Ex-Mayor

Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for trying to peddle President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat for personal gain. “Kilpatrick's widespread and corrosive breach of the public trust, lasting throughout his six-year tenure in office ...

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