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Madigan poised to seize speakership yet again

Madigan poised to seize speakership yet again

After sweeping victories for Illinois Democrats in November, Mike Madigan is all but assured an 18th term as speaker of the House of Representatives when new members are sworn in Jan. 9. Madigan has already broken the record for longest-serving state legislative speaker in U.S. history.

By Austin Berg

Longtime Chicago Ald. Ed Burke charged with extortion

Longtime Chicago Ald. Ed Burke charged with extortion

Federal prosecutors claim Burke used his position as alderman to solicit business for his law firm, which specializes in Cook County property tax appeals. Felony attempted extortion could come with up to 20 years in prison.

By Brad Weisenstein