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Illinois’ largest county – and the Democrats who run its politics – will work to get state Sen. Kwame Raoul elected as the state’s next attorney general.

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State Sen. Kwame Raoul

Lisa Madigan’s bombshell announcement that she won’t run for a fifth term has ignited the race to replace her.

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Illinois Senators discuss the newly passed budget and explain why they voted the way they did.

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What progress have state senators made on negotiating a budget deal, and how will Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan react if it passes?

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Members of the General Assembly’s Education Committee sounded supportive Wednesday of a bill that would convert Chicago’s appointed Board of Education into an elected body, but Republicans and Democrats alike cautioned that more work is needed before the legislation is ready for a vote.

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Just who will police the police? New details emerge on a proposal to replace the embattled Independent Police Review Authority with a new agency.

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Carol Marin and her panel of guests look at Tuesday's historic pension vote in Springfield. View interactive graphics to see how Senate and House members voted on the bill, and read a Q&A with Republican Sen. Matt Murphy.

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Members of the pension committee join us to talk about the likelihood of the state's $97 billion dollar pension problem getting resolved during next week's veto session.

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WIll State Sen. Kwame Raoul challenge Gov. Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary? Columnists Eric Zorn, of the Chicago Tribune, and Laura Washington, of the Chicago Sun-Times, share their takes on the impact a Raoul candidacy would have on the race.

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With Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan opting to stay out of the governor’s race, Gov. Pat Quinn leads the cash dash among the 2014 gubernatorial contenders. Read an article.

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Concealed carry is legal in Illinois, as the legislature deals another blow to Gov. Pat Quinn. Chicago Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney has the details. View interactive graphics to see how Senate and House members voted.

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Gov. Pat Quinn set a July 9 deadline for a pension committee of lawmakers to come up with a compromise. We check in with two of the members to see what the likelihood of comprehensive reform is. See how House and Senate members voted on pension bills.

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Mike Madigan. Photo illustration by Sean McCabe. Courtesy of Crain’s Chicago Bus

A Crain's Chicago Business investigation is raising questions about how Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan handled McCormick Place bonds.  We hear from some of the key players about the explosive story.