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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Early Voting in Suburban Cook County Surpasses 2010 Numbers

As of Tuesday evening, a total of 372,779 voters in Illinois had already cast early ballots, on pace to shatter the 380,883 total early votes statewide in 2010. Read »

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Illinois Governor Race: Quinn-Rauner Spending Could Surpass $100 Million

Illinois Governor Race: Quinn-Rauner Spending Could Surpass $100 Million

Spending in the already-expensive, uber-competitive Illinois governor's race could exceed an unprecedented $100 million, with cash from labor and business interests flowing into the war chests of Democratic Gov.... Read »

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Michelle Obama to Continue Campaigning in Illinois

Michelle Obama to Continue Campaigning in Illinois

Michelle Obama will fly home to her native Illinois this weekend to campaign for Democrats at a rally in the eastern city of Moline, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Read »

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Opinion: Will Karen Be A Kingmaker?

Opinion: Will Karen Be A Kingmaker?

No political endorsement in Chicago politics today could carry as much real and symbolic weight as one might from Karen Lewis. Read »

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at 6:57 AM

Durbin, Oberweis Spar in Final Debate

Durbin, Oberweis Spar in Final Debate

The tone of the final televised debate between Illinois' U.S. Senate candidates was feisty, with quips about policies and spouses. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Libertarian Candidate Has High Hopes in Governor's Race

Do you know the name Chad Grimm? What happens to him on election night could help decide the next governor of Illinois. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Illinois Governor Showdown: Rauner Touts Wife Diana; Pro-Quinn Ad Breathes Fire

Illinois Governor Showdown: Rauner Touts Wife Diana; Pro-Quinn Ad Breathes Fire

With a week to go 'til Election Day, GOP Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner is spending more ad dollars on his wife, Diana. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Bruce Rauner Orders Hot Dogs Like an Amateur—With Ketchup

Bruce Rauner Orders Hot Dogs Like an Amateur—With Ketchup

Everyone knows that you don't squirt KETCHUP on a hot dog in a mustard state. Everyone except Bruce Rauner, that is. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Aldermanic Races Getting Crowded for 2015

Aldermanic Races Getting Crowded for 2015

Only three City Council races are expected to be uncontested in 2015—one in the 14th Ward, one in the 42nd Ward and one in the 48th Ward. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM
Woman Shocked by Who Voted Next to Her

Woman Shocked by Who Voted Next to Her

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took part in Early Voting on Wednesday, much to the surprise of another woman who was trying to cast her ballot. Watch »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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