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What feds could reveal about ComEd/Exelon’s political muscle

What will be truly fascinating is if the feds ever publish a list of politicians who allegedly got sweet favors for their votes.

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Downstate ‘Little Egypt’ casino plan fields dreams — while up north, Chicago struggles to keep its bid from going south

With the Friday approval of a casino planned for a southern Illinois winery, Chicago is the only authorized city left without a bid.

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Waukegan checks in casino poker game — opts to let state board sort out three competing bids

The aldermen voted 6 to 3 to send proposals from Full House Resorts and North Point Casino to the Illinois Gaming Board. They voted 5 to 4 to advance the Rivers Casino Waukegan bid

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Five Card Draw? Calumet City, Crestwood join three others in crowded south suburban casino race

Five suburbs are now vying for one casino license authorized under Illinois’ massive gambling expansion.

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Two lowest ranked Waukegan casino bidders slam hands dealt them by consultant ahead of key city vote

Aldermen in the north suburb will vote Thursday night on their preferred casino proposals.

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Mike Madigan’s troubles a boon to lawyers — legal bills exceed $1.5 million

Madigan’s legal headaches heated up in February 2018 when political consultant Alaina Hampton accused one of his longtime political aides of sending her unwanted texts.

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Misdeal or pat hand? Pritzker and Lightfoot playing for high stakes with Chicago casino

The tensions could come to a head Wednesday as high-level staffers for the freshmen governor and mayor meet to hash out the details.

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Billionaire Gov. Pritzker made $5.5 million in taxable income last year

Even so, Pritzker — as an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune — is No. 250 on this year’s Forbes 400 list with a net worth of $3.4 billion

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Raci-NO? State reins in land sale amid controversy, busting Tinley Park casino-racetrack plans

Days after Rick Heidner’s name popped up in a federal search warrant — and his business dealings reportedly were tied to mob figures — Gov. J.B. Pritzker held up plans to sell the land earmarked for Heidner’s racino.

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Lightfoot floats casino, real estate transfer tax plans with Chicago delegation ahead of fall veto session

Mayor wants effective tax rate on a Chicago casino cut from 72% to 45%, with casino license jointly owned by the city and state. She also wants a graduated transfer tax on commercial real estate sales.

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Plans unveiled for proposed Matteson casino

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is part of the project, which would be built at Lincoln Highway and Harlem Avenue and include a high-end restaurant, food hall, 200-room hotel and a 36,000 square foot convention space.

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Feds’ fishing trip in Sandoval waters points to big catch ahead

When politicians put their family members in harm’s way through their own monkey business, federal authorities have a pressure point that can result in submission faster than any mixed martial arts hold.

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From real estate to racino: Suburban developer’s rise to video gambling kingpin, name in search warrant

Rick Heidner has been a key player in Illinois’ video gambling industry. Now he’s caught the attention of federal investigators.

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Sandoval heeds the call(s): Gives up driver’s seat of Transportation Committee — but not a seat at the table

While Sandoval resigned as chairman of the committee, he remains member of the panel and mantains his post as a majority caucus whip.

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While Illinois sports betting stalls, Indiana reaps $813K in one month of tax revenue — money ‘we’re not getting’

Sports gamblers bet more than $35 million in Indiana casinos in September, but Illinois regulators have yet to set a timeline for an industry launch here.

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Illinois Republican Party among groups that got donations from indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani

Federal campaign finance records show the Illinois Republican Party received $661.90 from Lev Parnas on Oct. 24, 2016 — the same amount he gave to several other state GOP organizations that day.

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Preckwinkle: No ‘magic wand’ to solve problem of disappearing health care money

Preckwinkle laid the blame for the county’s health care problem on other hospitals, President Donald Trump and former Gov. Bruce Rauner, "bless his rotten heart."

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State task force recommends consolidating hundreds of small pension funds

The report recommends the state combine suburban and Downstate police and fire pension funds to try to increase efficiency and lower costs while also increasing pension benefits.

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Pritzker doubtful energy reforms will pass in fall session

Agreement on ‘broader energy package’ is proving difficult for legislators, stakeholders.

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State Senate’s top two Dems oppose booting Sandoval from committee post — but others say it’s time

Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, on Wednesday joined Senate President John Cullerton in taking a wait-and-see attitude on Sandoval, whose home and Senate offices have been searched by federal agents.

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Support building for statewide ban on red-light cameras

Critics say devices are a ‘revenue grab’ for cities and a source of political corruption.

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Red-light probe puts spotlight on old problems — and why tolerating them is ‘N/A’

You get the impression the whole process is designed more for their protection than the public’s.

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Lynwood enters south suburban casino race with Ho-Chunk proposal

Two towns have announced bids for the new south suburban casino license, and four more could show their cards soon as a state deadline nears.

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Fact-check: Is Durbin on target with claim of police support for expanding background checks?

He was referencing a 2017 survey that asked police at departments that employ 100 or more officers whether they support requiring background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun shows.

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Springfield fixer upper? Pritzker digs deep to doll up governor’s digs

The latest Springfield renovations include repairing tile on the first floor, remodeling guest bedrooms and bathrooms and "updating existing plumbing."

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Developer places opening bet in south suburban casino race

At least six Southland sites have been floated as destinations for a new casino license.

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Judicial branch announces ‘blueprint for the future’

Karmeier: Plan is the court’s ‘most significant step forward’ in 55 years.

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Teams want protection in exchange for $10 million vig required to launch sports betting at arenas

If the Sox, Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Hawks have to drop $10 million on a sports wagering license, they say their competitors should be barred from their territory.

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Beale pushes game plan to expedite a Chicago casino

The South Side alderman is urging Mayor Lori Lightfoot to issue a ‘request-for-proposals’ to identify a ‘responsible’ casino operator, then go to Springfield with that operator to seek a specific fix for the Chicago casino’s tax structure.

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Gov. Pritzker: ‘Let me be clear.’ Sen. Sandoval should quit top committee post — or get the boot

Sandoval has not been charged with any wrongdoing, but Pritzker argued he should not preside over a committee so heavily involved with the capital bill.

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Watchdog: Two Madigan aides ousted over sexual harassment allegations should never land on state payroll again

"The messages that K. Quinn sent to Hampton plainly had the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, and offensive working environment for Hampton," Pope wrote in the Quinn report.

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Money matters: How school funding inequities affect students, taxpayers

Wealth-based inequities persist after the first year of evidence-based funding.