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  • Gaming expansion could lead to downtown casino
  • Illinois lawmakers are in Chicago Wednesday to discuss plans to expand gambling in the state and among the possibilities is the creation of a land-based casino in the city.
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  • Gaming expansion could lead to downtown casino
  • Illinois lawmakers are in Chicago Wednesday to discuss plans to expand gambling in the state and among the possibilities is the creation of a land-based casino in the city.
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  • Teen smoking sees dramatic drop in Chicago
  • The number of Chicago young people who smoke has dropped dramatically over the last 12 years with a little more than ten percent of the city's high school students admitting to lighting up last year, according to the American Lung Association.
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  • Teen smoking sees dramatic drop in Chicago
  • The number of Chicago young people who smoke has dropped dramatically over the last 12 years with a little more than ten percent of the city's high school students admitting to lighting up last year, according to the American Lung Association.
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  • Fioretti considers run against Emanuel for mayor
  • Second Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti is considering challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.
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  • Fioretti considers run against Emanuel for mayor
  • Second Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti is considering challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.
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  • Quinn, Rauner showdown as governor race heats up
  • A showdown took place between Governor Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner Friday.
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  • Quinn, Rauner showdown as governor race heats up
  • A showdown took place between Governor Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner Friday.
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  • Strike threatens Rio 2016?
  • Five years ago, Chicago lost its 2016 Olympic bid to Rio, and now strikes in that city threaten the Olympic Games.
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  • Pension overhaul OKd by Illinois House, Senate
  • Illinois Lawmakers on Tuesday approved Mayor Emanuel's overhaul proposal for two city pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade.
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  • Mayor amends city pension reform plan
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel amended his pension reform plan so that lawmakers in Springfield won't have to vote for a property tax increase, but Chicago aldermen will have to face that vote.
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  • Quinn criticizes proposed Chicago property tax increase
  • Governor Pat Quinn sharply criticized Emanuel's proposed property tax increase.
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  • Rauners wife helps show husbands soft side in TV ad
  • Republican nominee for Governor Bruce Rauner will introduce his wife, Diana, to voters in a new campaign ad.
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  • Emanuel under fire for proposed pension fix
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel is coming under fire for his proposed plan to fix the pension problem with a property tax increase.
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  • Emanuel under fire for proposed pension fix
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel is coming under fire for his proposed plan to fix the pension problem with a property tax increase.
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  • Plan to fix Chicago pension problem clears hurdle
  • Mayor Emanuel's plan to raise taxes to fix the city's pension problem cleared a hurdle Wednesday.
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  • Plan to fix Chicago pension problem clears hurdle
  • Mayor Emanuel's plan to raise taxes to fix the city's pension problem cleared a hurdle Wednesday. The mayor is proposing a property tax hike as well as cuts in benefits for city workers.
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  • Plan to pay Chicago pensions would raise property taxes
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offers his plan to fix the city's pension shortfall.
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  • Plan to pay pensions would raise property taxes
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing to fix the pension crisis.
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  • Plan to pay pensions would raise property taxes
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offers his plan to fix the city's pension shortfall.
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  • Quinn, Durbin push for minimum wage hike
  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Senator Dick Durbin joined labor unions and workers to push for raising the minimum wage.
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  • Poll: Emanuel vs. Preckwinkle would be tough fight for incumbent
  • A new poll by the online political newspaper The Illinois Observer shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel would have a tough fight for re-election if Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle decides to run.
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  • Poll: Emanuel vs. Preckwinkle would be tough fight for incumbent
  • A new poll by the online political newspaper The Illinois Observer shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel would have a tough fight for re-election if Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle decides to run.
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  • Governor Pat Quinn was out trying to sell his budget plan unveiled Wednesday in Springfield.
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  • Governor Pat Quinn was out trying to sell his budget plan unveiled Wednesday in Springfield.
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  • Rauner responds to Quinns budget address
  • Gov. Pat Quinn outlined his case Wednesday for making Illinois' temporary income tax increase permanent, predicting "extreme and radical" budget cuts to schools and services without additional revenue.
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  • Governor Quinn proposes making income tax hike permanent
  • Gov. Pat Quinn outlined his case Wednesday for making Illinois' temporary income tax increase permanent, predicting "extreme and radical" budget cuts to schools and services without additional revenue.
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  • Gov. Quinn to deliver budget address amid states financial woes
  • Governor Pat Quinn will deliver his 2015 budget address on Wednesday in Springfield, Illinois.
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  • Governor Quinn endorsed by service union
  • Governor Pat Quinn was endorsed Monday by the Service Employees international Union.
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  • Governor Quinn endorsed by service union
  • Governor Pat Quinn was endorsed Monday by the Service Employees international Union.
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  • Some African American voters are abandoning their Democrat roots for the Republican candidate for governor of Illinois.
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  • Illinois governor race focuses on money
  • Money is always an issue in political campaigns and it is usually about raising cash to fund the campaigns, but in the race for governor in Illinois Pat Quinn wants to focus on his opponent's personal bank account.
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  • Rauner to face Quinn after winning GOP primary for IL governor
  • By winning the Republican primary, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner advances to a November matchup with Gov. Pat Quinn.
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  • Quinn, Rauner brace for expensive campaigns
  • The Quinn forces are bracing themselves for the most expensive campaign certainly in the state's history, upwards of $30-40 million per side.
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  • Bruce Rauner celebrates GOP nomination
  • Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner won the GOP primary Tuesday in his bid for Illinois governor.
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  • GOP candidates cast ballots in Illinois primary
  • Republicans have a lot at stake besides the governor's office in this year's Illinois primary, as voters decide who'll challenge Democrats this fall in Congress, the Legislature and the state treasurer's race.
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  • Candidates seeking Illinois governor cast ballots
  • Candidates for Illinois governor have cast ballots on Election Day.
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  • Candidates campaign on eve of primary election
  • Candidates are looking for some last minute support on the eve of Tuesday's Illinois primary election. The Republican nomination for governor is the most closely watched race.
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  • Candidates campaign on eve of primary election
  • Candidates are looking for some last minute support on the eve of Tuesday's Illinois primary election.
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  • Candidates make final appeals to voters
  • Among this year's early voters in heavily democratic Cook County, the Clerk's Office has noticed a change.
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  • Candidates drum up support on eve of primary
  • Candidates are looking for some last minute support on the eve of Tuesday's Illinois primary election. The Republican nomination for governor is the most closely watched race.
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  • State Rep. race in SW suburbs heats up
  • There's a hotly contested race in the Republican primary for state representative in the southwest suburbs' 81st District, as incumbent Ron Sandack is attempting to hold his seat against challenger, Keith Matune.
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  • State Rep. race in SW suburbs heats up
  • There's a hotly contested race in the Republican primary for state representative in the southwest suburbs' 81st District, as incumbent Ron Sandack is attempting to hold his seat against challenger, Keith Matune.
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  • 11th District Republicans hope to unseat Bill Foster
  • Four Republicans in the western suburbs are trying to win next week's primary election for the 11th Congressional District and all hope for the chance to try and unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Foster in November.
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  • GOP gubernatorial candidates hold last forum before primary election
  • All four Republicans faced off in a forum hoping to build support before the primary election next Tuesday.
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  • Gay marriage at center of 81st District GOP race
  • The vote for same sex marriage in Illinois is becoming a major issue in the Republican primary for the 81st District.
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  • Alderman Ed Burke reflects after over 40 years as alderman
  • The Dean of Chicago's City Council - Alderman Ed Burke is marking a milestone in his political career.
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  • Legislative races heats up over political pamphlets
  • Democratic State Representative Toni Berrios is battling Will Guzzardi to keep her seat representing Chicago's Northwest Side.
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  • Should IL borrow $100M for Obama library?
  • Some of Illinois?s political leaders want to borrow $100 million to build President Barack Obama's Library in Chicago.
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  • Exclusive: Quinn defends anti-violence program
  • Governor Pat Quinn is defending his anti-violence program. Earlier this week, Republicans attacked the program after a state audit said it had wasted millions of dollars.
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