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Illinois Fri Jan 09 2009

Illinois Politician or Sopranos Character?

Those who know me know that the only thing I enjoy more than discussing state and local politics is discussing the American Revolution era. And the only thing I enjoy discussing more than that is the literary value of "The Sopranos," the show that killed the novel.

So imagine my joy when I found this quiz: Illinois Politician, Or Sopranos Character?

Take the quiz, and feel that mix of pride and shame that comes with being an Illinoisan.

Here's a sample:

Question 5 of 12
He was caught after a racetrack owner deducted bribes on their income tax returns.


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LevoisAuthor Profile Page / January 9, 2009 6:03 PM

Ashamed to say that I only got one wrong. LOL

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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