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Obama supporters receive a dose of reality

...during the campaign that his record was that of an incrementalist. His signature legislation - health care in the Illinois Senate and ethics in the U.S. Senate - were evolutionary improvements, not revolutionary overhauls. His Afghanistan...
Same-sex couple's wedding a first for Ill.

...stall in the Illinois Legislature, which Ewert said was "terribly" disappointing.The measure first passed the Illinois Senate on Valentine's Day, but the House sponsor said he didn't have the votes in his chamber in May and didn't call...
Obama is back, squarely in the center shed light on both his political identity and his strategy. Obama is above all a political pragmatist. In the Illinois Senate, he helped achieve the seemingly unachievable - making reforms to the death penalty - by winning over conservative...
Nobel nod carries heavy burden

Barack Obama - president and Nobel laureate. Not bad for a fellow just five years removed from the Illinois Senate. But caveat victor: The president may soon regret having won this honor, and the Nobel committee may regret having awarded it...
Elton looks for job in Interior Department

...Interior position. He's a close friend of Pete Rouse, a former Alaskan who served as chief of staff for Obama's Illinois Senate office. Rouse also serves as chief of staff for Obama's transition team. "Every time we go back to D.C...
Outside editorial: Now the hard part companies could play a productive role in solving the nation's health care crisis? In your eight years in the Illinois Senate, you maintained excellent relations with Democratic power brokers from Chicago, including U.S. Rep. (and now...
Empire editorial: Democrats should support Obama group in Chicago, as a civil rights lawyer and teacher of constitutional law. He served eight years in the Illinois Senate and was elected U.S. senator in 2004. Many people question whether he has enough experience, at 45, to lead...
Gov. Palin swings at Obama

...between the executive and legislative branches and our experience." Palin was referring to Obama's days in the Illinois Senate, when he voted "present" dozens of times among the thousands of votes he cast in his eight years there. The move...


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