Politics

Illinois state capitol building
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Alex Degman
February 19, 2020 - 8:55 pm
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is touting a $40.7 billion budget, but its full realization would require voters to approve a graduated income tax system.
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West Main Street leads right to the Capital in Jefferson City
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Alex Degman
February 19, 2020 - 8:32 pm
The House has given first round approval to a measure making vehicle hijacking a separate category while increasing penalties.
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Patti Blagojevich smiles as her husband, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich touches her chin during a news conference outside his home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Chicago, the morning after President Donald Trump on Tuesday, commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for political corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Associated Press
February 19, 2020 - 6:21 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich gushed about Donald Trump a day after the Republican president set him free from a federal prison, delivering a 20-minute monologue Wednesday outside his Chicago home that sounded like an extended campaign commercial. Standing before a...
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FILE - This September, 2015, file image made from U.S. Border Patrol surveillance video shows a child crawling on the concrete floor near the bathroom area of a holding cell, and a woman and children wrapped in Mylar sheets at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Douglas, Ariz. A U.S. judge in Arizona has issued a permanent order requiring the Border Patrol to provide clean mats and thin blankets to migrants within 12 hours of arriving at a facility. The order issued on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, applies to eight Border Patrol stations in Arizona following a lawsuit that claims the agency holds migrants in overcrowded, unsafe and inhumane conditions. (U.S. Border Patrol via AP, File)
Associated Press
February 19, 2020 - 5:05 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Conditions at most Border Patrol facilities in Arizona are punitive and unconstitutional, a U.S. judge in Arizona said Wednesday while ruling in favor of migrants who have long-complained about inhumane and unsanitary conditions in holding cells. The ruling came weeks after the...
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Michael Calhoun
February 19, 2020 - 11:46 am
Mark Mantovani is running for St. Louis County Executive after coming close to beating Steve Stenger last time.
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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with a supporter as he arrives home in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, after his release from Colorado prison late Tuesday. Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Associated Press
February 19, 2020 - 5:41 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. Blagojevich landed at O’Hare airport hours after walking...
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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves to the crowd in front of his home as he leaves for prison on March 15, 2012, in Chicago.
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Alex Degman
February 18, 2020 - 1:22 pm
President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Associated Press
February 13, 2020 - 11:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daytona International Speedway is going to be a little more crowded than usual for the annual Daytona 500 on Sunday. President Donald Trump will attend NASCAR's season-opening race, White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday. “Daytona International Speedway has been privileged...
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President Donald Trump smiles during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Associated Press
February 12, 2020 - 6:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the week since his acquittal on impeachment charges, a fully emboldened President Donald Trump is demonstrating his determination to assert an iron grip on government, pushing his Justice Department to ease up on a longtime friend while using the levers of presidential powers...
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