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Obama’s push for court pick fizzles as Republicans stand firm

By Mike Dorning and Tim Higgins, Bloomberg News

April 28, 2016

A media blitz by the White House and its allies has failed to crack Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, and it is all but certain the seat will remain vacant until after U.S. elections in Novem...

Illinoisans in support of veterans’ courts, poll finds

By Anna Spoerre, @AnnaSpoerre

April 24, 2016

More than half of Illinoisans would be in support of veterans being tried in special veterans’ courts, according to a recent Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll.The poll was conducted right before Illinois House Bill 500...

Illinois House, Senate play political games on constitutional amendments

By Monique Garcia and Celeste Bott, Chicago Tribune

April 23, 2016

Despite a flurry of action on ideas to change the Illinois Constitution that includes eliminating the lieutenant governor's office, overhauling how legislative districts are drawn and setting up a graduated income tax, it's getting i...

Lawmakers try to address Rauner’s marijuana decriminalization concerns

By Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune

April 20, 2016

The Illinois Senate took another stab at decriminalizing marijuana statewide, approving a measure Tuesday aimed at satisfying Gov. Bruce Rauner's concerns that led him to veto a similar bill last year.The idea is that people c...

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