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Illinois abolishes the death penalty

"With our broken system, we cannot ensure justice is achieved in every case," Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said.

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Video: Fighting for Chicago mass transit

Transit workers and environmental activists rallied here in support of mass transit last Thursday, calling for increased funding, not cuts.

‘Stop breaking the law’ protest tells Chicago charter school [with video]

The battle for union recognition by charter schoolteachers has grown as charters have assumed a larger presence in the city.

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Illinois legalizes civil unions

With a landmark bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn Monday, same-sex couples will, for the first time in Illinois history, share many of the legal protections that are now granted to married couples.

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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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