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Topic - Illinois Senate
'Da Coach' believes that he could have stopped the president from taking office — and he regrets not doing it.
Although Illinois lawmakers failed Friday night to approve a bill to make it the 13th state to perform gay marriages, legislative leaders pledged to bring it back for passage with some holding out hope that it could before the end of the summer.
Nearly a year after a stroke left him barely able to move the left side of his body, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is expected to climb the 45 steps to the Senate's front door this week — a walk that's significant not just for Illinois' junior senator but also for medical researchers and hundreds of thousands of stroke patients.
Now that two states have legalized recreational use of marijuana, the Obama administration insists it continues to support the current federal law that makes pot illegal. But it wasn't that long ago that President Barack Obama supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use.
A little-noticed tax break for investor-owned hospitals that was tucked into a deal last spring aimed at saving the Illinois Medicaid program from collapse will cost the cash-strapped state at least $10 million a year in lost revenue, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.
The presidential and vice-presidential debates will be held in October. While political observers and enthusiasts look forward to this, many Americans view the debates as the bane of their existence.
Here's first lady Michelle Obama's advice for couples this Valentine's Day: Laugh with your partner.
Barack Obama on the night before he was elected president told an Illinois union leader that his aide Valerie Jarrett was interested in the Illinois Senate seat he was vacating, jurors in the corruption trial of ex-Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich were told Tuesday.
From the outside, it's shaping up as a race neither candidate wants to win.
Sen. Barack Obama, despite two best-selling books, heavy press coverage and a slight fundraising edge, is still lagging behind his 2008 rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards in name recognition.