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01/16/12 Primaries heating up in new 23rd Senate district
By Mike Riopell - On one side, a race for Illinois Senate in DuPage County pits longtime incumbent Republicans Randy Ramey of Carol Stream and Carole Pankau of Itasca against one another in what could be one of the more spirited primary races in the state. On the... FULL STORY
01/12/12 How Illinois pardons work
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - How do pardons in Illinois work? For one, there's no early public notice necessary. FULL STORY
01/11/12 Most Santorum delegates in Illinois don't have enough signatures
By Mike Riopell and Kerry Lester State Government Writer - Delegates for GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum have filed the minimum legal number of petition signatures to appear on the ballot in just four of Illinois' 18 available congressional districts. FULL STORY
01/09/12 Rivers Casino buoys state tax take -- but for how long?
By Mike Riopell - Even though it wasn't even open for half the year, a strong 2011 from the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines was enough to raise the state's casino revenue for the entire year for the first time since 2007. The Rivers Casino took in more than $177 million... FULL STORY
01/06/12 Presidential candidates line up delegates in Illinois
By Mike Riopell and Ryan Voyles mriopell@dailyherald.com - Republicans Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney all filed full slates of Illinois delegates on Friday. Rick Santorum's campaign filed a full slate of delegates in 15 of the 18 congressional districts. FULL STORY
01/06/12 Des Plaines state rep. says 'They removed me'
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan says she's been ousted from the primary election ballot after she wasn't able to gather enough legitimate signatures to make her candidacy official. FULL STORY
01/03/12 Quinn projects spending up for pensions, but little else
By Mike Riopell - Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday released a gloomy three-year budget projection Tuesday that shows stagnant spending or cutbacks in most state services with a notable exception: pensions. FULL STORY
01/03/12 Illinois lawmakers could try for gambling expansion again
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Senate President John Cullerton says he expects lawmakers to take another run at gambling expansion in 2012, but "It'll take some time." When legislators tried last year, Gov. Pat Quinn said he'd veto the approved gambling plan. A separate revised... FULL STORY
01/02/12 Top suburban GOPers backing Romney, if decided
By Mike Riopell - A day before Iowans are set to gather in schools, churches and living rooms to pick a Republican candidate for president, some suburban federal lawmakers have begun to line up behind Mitt Romney. FULL STORY
01/01/12 Murderers registry, other laws take effect
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - More than 200 new state laws have taken effect, including some requiring freed murderers to register with police, back-seat passengers to wear seat belts and people with orders of protection against them to surrender gun owners' cards, among other... FULL STORY
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