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More than Governor Quinn make pledges at inauguration event

12 Jan
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office during inaugural ceremonies Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 in Springfield. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office during inaugural ceremonies Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 in Springfield. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn wasn’t the only state official sworn in Monday in Springfield. Five other Illinois officials—a mix of rookies and veterans, Republicans and Democrats—took the oath of office, too. Here’s a look at them and highlights from their remarks:

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Notes from a political debate: Kirk, Giannoulias and Jaws

31 Oct

By Christine Hurley and Courtney Sturgeon

Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias answer questions from Phil Ponce during the Oct. 28 debate in Chicago. (Photo by Courtney Sturgeon)

Political debates. Love ’em or leave ’em, they can be equal parts information and entertainment.

Last week’s third and final U.S. Senate debate between Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias, sponsored by the City Club of Chicago, scored in both categories. And, if you had total access, there was a lot more that didn’t meet the public eye.

Here some random notes, observations from two who did have access:

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Winner of Kirk vs. Giannoulias debate? Maybe it was Gregory

11 Oct

By Ally Clark

While thousands of Chicagoans took to the streets for the marathon on Sunday, Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias faced off in their first public debate.

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Giannoulias passes, Quinn flunks with these high school students

11 Oct

By Jennifer Schanz

While both gubernatorial incumbent Pat Quinn and Illinois state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias came dressed for the press, their back to back addresses at the recent Mikva Challenge Candidates Forum in Chicago proved one thing for the high school student audience: the Democratic Party of Illinois has two faces, and one is prettier than the other.

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