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World's Oldest Yacht Race Kicks Off from Chicago to Mackinac on Sat.

Sailors from around the country are making their final preparations for the 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, kicking off Saturday morning in Chicago. "The Mack" as it is referred, is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in world, dating back to 1898. Jul 11, 2013 1:39 PM PT

Governor Quinn Suspends Illinois Lawmakers' Pay

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) issued a line item veto of House Bill 214 today, suspending lawmakers’ pay in Springfield, for failing to pass pension reform. Quinn has recently come under fire from top Illinois Democrats, including his 2014 challenger Bill Daley, for failing thus far to get pension reform passed. Jul 10, 2013 12:26 PM PT

IL Senate Blocks Quinn's Veto, State Becomes Last to Pass Concealed Carry

The Illinois House, without debate, has struck down the amendatory veto Governor Pat Quinn issued to House Bill 183 by a 77-31 vote, allowing residents to carry concealed firearms. The Illinois Senate has now followed suit and also voted against Quinn's veto by a margin of 41-17. Jul 9, 2013 1:38 PM PT

Illinois House Votes to Override Quinn's Conceal Carry Veto

The Illinois House has voted to override Governor Pat Quinn's amendatory veto to HB 183, a law passed by both houses in May, which would give Illinois residents their constitutional right to carry a concealed firearm. The override to Quinn's more restrictive amendments to the bill, passed with six votes more than needed, by a margin of 77-31. Jul 9, 2013 10:35 AM PT

Obamacare Defender Durbin Admits Law Needs Changes and Improvements

The number two Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin (D-IL), has been a staunch ally for President Obama's massive takeover of American's healthcare, but now Durbin has told WLS Chicago that Obamacare (the Affordable Healthcare Act) needs changes and improvements. Jul 9, 2013 9:41 AM PT

Chicago Murders Soar: 67 Shot, 11 Killed over July 4 Weekend--So Far

There were 67 people shot and 11 killed, over the long Independence Day weekend in Chicago. Of the 67, eight were shot with one killed, in a single Saturday evening attack in the west side neighborhood of Lawndale. Despite gun seizures, and technically lower overall crime statistics for the year, of which Mayor Rahm Emanuel and McCarthy consistently remind Chicagoans, the murder rate since early May is rivaling the same period for 2012’s year-long bloodbath in the city of Chicago. Jul 7, 2013 3:08 PM PT

Chicago Cop Arrested Four Times in Seven Years Still Working, Makes $80K

Chicago Police Officer Richard A. Rizzo has been arrested four times in the past seven years, but that’s not enough to get him fired from the department. Rizzo has been arrested for domestic battery, child endangerment and aggravated assault with a gun. Yet while members of the general public are expected to pay fines or go to jail, prosecutors have dropped charges against Rizzo each and every time. Jun 30, 2013 4:50 PM PT

Guardian Journalist Glenn Greenwald to Speak at Socialism 2013 in Chicago

America’s largest Socialist conference, “Socialism 2013” will kick off Thursday in Chicago. According to their website, Glenn Greenwald, the left-wing writer for the Gaurdian, who has recently come under fire for his role in breaking Eric Snowden’s claims of NSA spying operations against United States citizens, is set to be a featured speaker at the conference. Jun 27, 2013 4:20 AM PT

Politico: Where Is the Outrage over Pritzker's Commerce Nomination?

Prior to Tuesday’s Senate confirmation of Penny Pritzker as Secretary of Commerce, Politico asked "On Pritzker, where is the outrage?" Given bipartisan opposition from the public, along with Pritzker’s crony business history, it’s a good question. Jun 26, 2013 6:46 AM PT

Pritzker Confirmed as Commerce Sec. Despite Sub-Prime Lending History

After sailing through her confirmation hearing, Penny Pritzker was confirmed on Tuesday by the U.S. Senate as the next Secretary of Commerce. Despite strong opposition from both liberals and conservatives, the Senate voted 97 to 1 to confirm Pritzker. Jun 25, 2013 1:57 PM PT

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