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Is Rahm Emanuel the right choice for Chicago?

The Illinois Supreme Court will decide if  Rahm Emanuel will stay on the mayoral ballot for Chicago's Feb. 22 election. But is he the right choice for Chicagoans?

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Illinois: One pen away from abolishing the death penalty

Lawmakers are poised to make Illinois the first state to end capital punishment since 2009.

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Stopping a Chicago eviction

CHICAGO - The Tellez family are vowing not to be evicted from their Northwest Side home, and Alvaro Tellez says he is fighting for his children and their future.

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Civil unions OK’d in “heart of heartland” Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - "Exhaustimicated!" that's what Equality Illinois' Rick Garcia told Chicago-based Windy City Times, after this week's historic two-day vote in the Illinois state legislature in favor of same-sex civil unions.

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Teamster rack up four organizing wins

The Teamsters racked up four organizing wins in late September and early October, including the first-ever union win under new voting rules.

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Turnout is key to victory in targeted House races

For Republicans to win a majority in the House of Representatives, they need to sweep hotly contested swing district races in several states including Illinois.

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Legalizing civil unions nears in Illinois

For decades gay and lesbian rights activists here and throughout Illinois fought to end discrimination against people in housing and employment based on their sexual orientation.

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Tea party candidate vies for open House seat in Illinois

Illinois is an election battleground with important races up and down the ballot. The fight has only begun as voters become aware of just how reactionary some of the Republican candidates are.

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Illinois juvenile jails woefully under staffed, report says

According to a report released Thursday, July 28, by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, the state's eight juvenile detention centers have "serious deficiencies."

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Illinois Republican candidates blasted for extremism

Republican candidates for Illinois governor and U.S. Senate are being blasted for embracing extreme right-wing policies.

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