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1 hr ago | HeraldNet

Harry Reid apologizes for jokes at Asian-American function

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has a history of insensitive and off-color remarks, apologized Friday for a pair of jokes he made before the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Harry Reid, US Senate, Democrat, Asian-American, Barack Obama, Illinois, W.

5 hrs ago | Chicago Tribune

Illinois' would-be farmers learn from the ground up

Illinois imports about 95% of its food, says a man who helps teach a beginning farmers course at U. of I. Shea Belahi worked in information technology until last year, when she escaped her crowded, windowless office to follow her childhood dream of being a farmer.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Champaign, IL, Weather, Agriculture, Science

Fri Aug 22, 2014

Daily Chronicle

Rauner dealt double blows over Illinois ballot

Illinois State Board of Elections member Harold Byers speaks to fellow board members during a meeting Friday to certify the November ballot, including decisions on whether challenged Green and Libertarian candidates can be on the ticket in Springfield.

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Related Topix: Illinois, US News, Pat Quinn, US Governors, University of Illinois Springfield

WWLP

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champai

A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Illinois, Iraq, World News, Middle East,

The Capitol Fax Blog

*** UPDATED x1 - Rauner response *** This just in Illinois...

The Court also ruled that his motion to stay today's ballot certification is moot.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Pat Quinn, US Governors

Bangor Daily News

Can Angus King be Eliot Cutler's Oprah? Or, do endorsements matter?

Independent Eliot Cutler this week tried to translate an endorsement from U.S. Sen. Angus King into momentum for his third-place campaign for governor, timing the endorsement announcement just before a statewide TV advertising push .

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Senator Angus King, Maine, Barack Obama, Illinois, Democrat, Hillary Clinton, Opinion

Examiner.com

Michael Rooker is Driving Dead plus celebrities, comics, and cosplay in Chicago

On Thursday August 21, 2014, " The Walking Dead " star, Michael Rooker kicked off his weekend at Chicago's 2014 Wizard World Comic Convention with a special, sneak preview of " The Driving Dead " web series.

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Related Topix: Michael Rooker, Illinois

The Capitol Fax Blog

Inspector general's IDOT probe finds no direct link to Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn failed to rein in patronage abuses at the state transportation agency after replacing now-imprisoned Rod Blagojevich, and Quinn's directors repeatedly hired politically connected workers in violation of the rules, the state's top ethics investigator found.

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Related Topix: Pat Quinn, US Governors, Illinois

Chicago Tribune

Illinois exchange on 3 additional insurers' radar for 2015

Door way to receive help in enrolling for the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."

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Related Topix: Illinois, Health Insurance, Health, Healthcare Law, Law, Medicine

WSIL

I-DOT Cuts Jobs Linked to Hiring Scandal

The Illinois Department of Transportation is eliminating 58 positions that are at the center of a lawsuit alleging questionable hiring practices.

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Thu Aug 21, 2014

Daily Herald

Could online voter registration affect election outcome?

Illinoisans started registering to vote online for the first time in June, and the daily tally of applications is beginning to grow.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Pat Quinn, US Governors, Cook County, IL, Lombard, IL

WYMG-FM Springfield

IDOT Eliminates 58 a oePoliticala Positions

The Illinois Department of Transportation is eliminating 58 positions that are at the center of a lawsuit alleging questionable hiring practices.

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Daily Herald

Term-limit backers seek state Supreme Court ruling

Republican Bruce Rauner and other supporters of political term limits asked the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday to jump into the debate about whether the question can go to voters this fall, just a day before the deadline for approving the November ballot.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Pat Quinn, US Governors

Illinoisreview

Illinois Petition Politics: Signatures, Courts, and Armed Investigators

"Nearly 600,000 Illinoisans signed the petition to put our amendment on the November ballot and the State Board of Elections has certified that we submitted more than enough signatures to be on the ballot in November," Rauner said.

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The News-Gazette

Area history, Aug. 21, 2014

In 1914: The cornerstone of the Urbana post office was laid yesterday afternoon, Postmaster C.M. Webber being master of ceremonies.

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The Hill

Clinton seeks Iowa redemption

Clinton will be the star guest at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's final steak fry in Iowa on September 14. It's an early trip for the former senator and secretary of state, who will be accompanied by former President Clinton.

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Related Topix: Tom Harkin, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, US House of Representatives, Representative Bruce Braley, Iowa, Barack Obama, Illinois

KWQC-TV Davenport

'Walking Dead' star part of traffic safety push

Michael Rooker - who played Merle Dixon on the hit television series, "The Walking Dead," will introduce a video series for an upcoming traffic safety campaign by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Related Topix: The Walking Dead, Entertainment, Television, Michael Rooker, Illinois

Wed Aug 20, 2014

The Daily News-Record

In A Stew Over Inversions

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., declared victory for Walgreen's decision to keep its headquarters in Illinois, but his critics say the Senate's second-ranking Democrat deserves scorn, not praise, for his efforts.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Senator Dick Durbin, Barack Obama, Democrat, Illinois

The Doings Weekly

DuPage County OKs 4 contracts with lobbyists

"It is critical that the county maintain a presence in Springfield and Washington, " board Chairman Dan Cronin said before the vote.

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Business Journal

Chicago voters split on tax funding for prospective Obama library

A recent poll indicates that support for using tax money to help fund a prospective Barack Obama 's presidential library in Chicago falls along familiar political fault lines.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Rahm Emanuel, Illinois

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