Monique Garcia

Reporter, Chicago Tribune

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Chicago Tribune reporter, covering the spectacle that is Illinois state government

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Gov. Pat Quinn has granted 43 clemency petitions, a near annual tradition for him on Good Friday.
RT @BillRuthhart: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 56 out-of-town trips, 41 on the taxpayer's dime, mix city biz and political fundraising: http://t.co…
Horse racing industry opposes bill w only Chicago casino, also says decrease in positions in broader bill keeps racing at second tier status
Horse racing officials up now. Rep for Arlington up first, highlighting potential jobs if bill passed.
Idea behind changes is to limit competition, thought opponents say changes limit revenue stream.
Should note that this bill lowers number of slots at tracks than previous bills, would prohibit Fairmont race track from having slots.
Illinois Federation of Teachers are also on board. Notes k-12 spending cut dramatically in last five years.
Illinois Education Association in favor of gambling bill that would provide more money for education, says would be a "huge benefit."
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