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Hired Truck scandal whistleblower running for 48th Ward alderman

Patrick McDonough was once a city plumber. Then he blew the whistle when private trucking companies started winning fat city contracts — for doing nothing. These days, McDonough is making a run for alderman in the 48th Ward. In a speech to a Columbia College journalism class, McDonough called himself the “lone ranger.” “I’m running […]

Giannoulias Loses Senate Race by 2 Percent; Concedes in Emotional Speech

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Losing by only 2 percent of the vote, Democratic state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias conceded the race for the U.S. Senate seat to his Republican opponent Mark Kirk on Tuesday. Surrounded by his large family and frequently fighting back tears, Giannoulias said, “You know how emotional I am, so no more calling out ‘I love you.’” […]

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Tea Party-Endorsed Republican Newcomer Takes on Schakowsky

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Tea Party-Endorsed Republican Newcomer Takes on Schakowsky

Republican Joel Pollak is said to be the new face of the local GOP establishment, but as a candidate for U.S. Congress from Illinois’ 9th District, he must beat Democratic powerhouse Jan Schakowsky on Nov. 2 to be the new face in that congressional seat. Schakowsky, an incumbent who won 74 percent of the vote […]

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Activists Trying to Build Support Now: Same-Sex Marriage Law to be Debated in Illinois this Spring?

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While a new same-sex marriage law waits to be heard in the state Senate, Chicagoans and local activists remain divided on the issue of gay marriage. The proposed legislation would allow gay couples to wed in Illinois. As the new bill waits in the legislature until next year’s session, opinions vary widely on the issue […]

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Gay Marriage Rally in Chicago, 11/5/09, Response to Maine’s Question 1

On Tuesday, November 4th, Maine residents voted to repeal the rights of gays to marry. The next day, Chicagoans responded with a rally in support of gay rights. Reporter Tony Merevick brings us the story from Chicago‘s Thompson Center. Related articles by Zemanta Maine In Perspective (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com) “I think we have to seriously consider whether […]

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