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In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Illinois Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, speaks on the House floor during session in Springfield, Illinois. (AP Photo / Seth Perlman)

A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government.

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Is the mayor’s plan for a real estate transfer tax hike dead on arrival or could a new so-called win-win compromise supported by some Democratic lawmakers create a path forward?

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The shocking indictment of state Rep. Luis Arroyo has overshadowed the Illinois legislature’s fall veto session. Still, consequential legislation advanced, including a bill that will lead to a prohibition of a chemical used to sterilize medical equipment.

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The Loyola Ramblers take on the Florida Gators on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Matt Pendleton for Matt Pendleton Photography)

College athletes could soon make money on endorsement deals if a bill in Illinois becomes a law. We explore the debate over changing the rules with former Chicago Tribune sportswriter Fred Mitchell.

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The wheels are in motion to remove state Rep. Luis Arroyo from office, a day after the Chicago Democrat was indicated on a federal bribery charge. 

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Illinois lawmakers returned to Springfield on Monday for the start of the fall veto session, but any new legislation could be overshadowed by a bribery charge filed against Democratic state Rep. Luis Arroyo. 

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In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Illinois Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, speaks on the House floor during session in Springfield, Illinois. (AP Photo / Seth Perlman)

Rep. Luis Arroyo, 65, bribed a legislative colleague with an offer of $2,500 a month in exchange for the state senator’s support of his sweepstakes-related legislation, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday.

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The powerful Illinois House speaker is named in a federal subpoena. Our politics team tackles that story and Mayor Lightfoot’s budget proposal in our weekly roundtable.

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In this file photo, state Sen. Martin Sandoval speaks with WTTW News.

Besieged Illinois Sen. Martin Sandoval resigned his post chairing the chamber’s transportation committee Friday, the same day the Senate released an uncensored version of a search warrant for Sandoval’s office in Springfield.

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A state watchdog’s highly anticipated report on sexual harassment is finally public. Our politics team dives into that story and more in our weekly roundtable.

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In this July 26, 2017 file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan speaks at a news conference at the state capitol in Springfield, Illinois. (Justin Fowler / The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

The sight of FBI agents hauling bags of evidence from an office on the Democratic side of the Capitol building this week may have startled the normally unflappable House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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Federal agents zero in on another powerful Chicago politician. Our politics team dives into that story and more in our weekly roundtable.

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In this undated file photo, state Sen. Martin Sandoval speaks with WTTW News.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has honed in on another powerful elected official from Chicago, but it isn’t saying why.

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In this July 26, 2017 file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan speaks at a news conference at the state capitol in Springfield, Illinois. (Justin Fowler / The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

A long-awaited report on sexual harassment in the Illinois House outlines a culture of fear, intimidation and bullying under House Speaker Michael Madigan’s former chief of staff Tim Mapes.

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Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady speaks at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (WTTW News)

A recent investigation revealed that Illinois Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady has a “business interest” in Midwest Electronics Gaming, a prominent video gaming company. On Tuesday, Brady commented on the business.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the Reproductive Health Act into law with bill sponsors Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush, left, and Illinois State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, right, at the Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune via AP)

“In a time when too many states across the nation are taking a step backward, Illinois is taking a giant step forward for women’s health. In this state, we trust women,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a bill signing ceremony Wednesday in Chicago. 

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