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3 hrs ago | WIFR

Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, in a filing late Monday in federal court, contends a court appointed monitor is not necessary to ensure compliance with political hiring bans as suggested by an anti-patronage attorney. In the filing by the attorney general's office, Quinn contends his response to allegations of political hiring in the Department of Transportation has been "prompt, appropriate and aimed at a long-term solution to preventing any such improprieties in the future."


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7 hrs ago | Christian Science Monitor

Four finalists picked for Obama's presidential library. Where will it be?

President Obama bows his head during a moment of silence at a ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon in Washington September 11, 2014. The Barack Obama Foundation, which is developing and raising money for the massive legacy project, announced Monday that it has selected four universities to compete for the library, culled from an initial list of 13 applications submitted earlier this year.


Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois, Michelle Obama

9 hrs ago |

Durbin's views on issues as he faces re-election

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat seeking his fourth U.S. Senate term against Illinois Sen. Jim Oberweis in November, sat down with The Associated Press for a wide-ranging interview about the campaign. Here are excerpts of what he said and his stands on the issues: Durbin said Democrats have tried to turn the economy around after the policies of former Republican President George W. Bush led the U.S. into recession, and argued that they've had "good luck" making progress.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Senator Dick Durbin, 2012 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Democrat, Illinois, George Bush

10 hrs ago | Chicago Tribune

For Illinois drivers, another reason to live in Hawaii

A herd of deer in a forest preserve near Channahon. State Farm is reporting that drivers are most likely to collide with a deer in October, November and June.


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11 hrs ago |

Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's short list

The Barack Obama Foundation says four of the 13 applications submitted earlier this year made the cut. New York's Columbia University and the University of Hawaii are being invited to submit more formal proposals to host the library.


Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Illinois, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago

15 hrs ago | KMIZ

Repair work delayed by a day on St. Louis bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation was supposed to start work Monday to repair pavement on the busy bridge that spans the Mississippi River between Missouri and Illinois. KSDK-TV reports that the work will now start Tuesday evening.


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17 hrs ago | CBS Local

Alarming Number Of Rail Deaths Prompts 'Rail Safety Week'

More people die when being struck by trains in Illinois than in all but two other states. Police across the state of Illinois hope to change that this week as Illinois observes a "Rail Safety Week" for the first time.


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20 hrs ago | KWQC-TV Davenport

Nearly 100 groups form school funding coalition

Nearly 100 organizations are joining together to push Illinois lawmakers to pass a school funding reform proposal in the spring. Funding Illinois' Future members include community foundations, civil rights organizations, school officials, and business and education reform groups statewide.


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Sun Sep 14, 2014

WZVN-TV Fort Myers


Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula. Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.


Related Topix: Illinois, 2012, Gliese Games, Video Games, Hurricane Odile, Hurricane, Weather, Explosion, Pennsylvania

The Lantern

Letter to the editor: Ohio State should take note of Illinois professor's firing

Professor Steven Salaita talks with a member of the press on Sept. 9 in Urbana, Ill.


Related Topix: Illinois, Israel, Middle East, Urbana, IL, Palestinian Territories

The Southtown Star

Kadner: Mike Madigan problem can't be ignored

Of all the questions that have been asked so far in this campaign for governor, that may be the most important, yet it goes unaddressed. Madigan was first elected speaker of the House in 1983 and, with the exception of two years has served in that position since.


Related Topix: Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, US Governors

Crooks and Liars

Is Vulnerable Gov Pat Quinn (D. IL) Finally Rebounding In The Polls?

Two new polls show the most vulnerable Democratic Governor this election season starting to pull ahead of his Mitt Romney-esque opponent. It's been known for a while that Governor Pat Quinn is one of the most vulnerable Governor's struggling to win a second term this election season.


Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Pat Quinn, US Governors, Mitt Romney, Tom Corbett, Illinois, Rod Blagojevich


the Insiders: Harkin - Sept. 14, Part 2

Barack Obama was not sure if he wanted to speak at the Harkin Steak Fry when he was still a U.S. Senator from Illinois.


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

Gateway Pundit

Hypocrisy On Steroids: Obama Sees 2002 Iraq War Resolution As A Legal Basis For Airstrikes

In 2007, Senator Barack Obama made remarks about the War Powers Act and the war in Iraq. He blamed Congress for giving the president the power to wage war that he later abused.


Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Illinois, Democrat, Conservative Political News


Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bids

The state lawmaker who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana law said it bars the release of information about those applying to grow and sell the drug to prevent the state officials who review the applications from being influenced by political connections. State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said Friday that the law's confidentiality clause also prevents companies from getting information about competitors that could give them an advantage, The Southern reported .


Related Topix: Drugs, Illinois, Marijuana, Pat Quinn, US Governors

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Madigan Honors Lt Kristopher Tharp

A 15-year veteran of the Madison County Sheriff's has been honored by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Lieutenant Kristopher M. Tharp was recognized last week as a recipient of an Elderly Service Officer of the Year in Kanakee, Illinois.


Related Topix: Illinois, Criminal Defense Law, Law

Silicon Alley Insider

Sarah Palin: 'I Owe America a Global Apology'

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said she owes America "a global apology" for her and John McCain's 2008 loss in the presidential race against then-Sen. Barack Obama. In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity which aired after President Obama announced his four-part strategy to fight against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, Palin said as she watched the speech "the thought going through my mind is 'I owe America a global apology.


Related Topix: US Governors, Sarah Palin, US Politics, John McCain, US News, Barack Obama, US Senate, Democrat, Illinois

My FOX Chicago

Roosevelt Road construction in Cicero to begin Monday

A resurfacing project on Roosevelt Road in west suburban Cicero will begin Monday, bringing lane closures and delays for drivers. The resurfacing work will be done on West Roosevelt between Laramie and Pulaski in Cicero, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Transportation.


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Lincoln Daily News

Q and A with state Rep. Jack Franks

I n its attempt to get to know each of our elected officials better, INN recently conducted a Q and A session with State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo.


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Showdown looming in Maurello on Ill. Super Night

If their elimination heat was an indication of things to come, then Saturday's showdown between Al's Hammered and Forty Silky in the $112,000 Tony Maurello Stake at Balmoral Park should be a real heater. Last week the two Illinois-bred brutes battled it out in a torrid frenzy that saw the Bob Phillips-trained Al's Hammered prevail by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:49.1 over the John Prentice-harnessed Fort Silky.


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