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Quinn Departs for Maryland to Visit Soldiers

Quinn Departs for Maryland to Visit Soldiers

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday departed for his annual holiday trip to deliver Christmas cards to wounded soldiers. Read »

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Obama Only Calls on Female Reporters

Obama Only Calls on Female Reporters

There was a lot said at President Barack Obama’s annual year-end press conference, but it was who he spoke to during the conference that had people talking. Read »

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Kirk Plans to Host Screening of "The Interview"

Kirk Plans to Host Screening of

Sen. Mark Kirk said in a recent interview he hopes to have his first big re-election fundraiser at a screening of "The Interview." Read »

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Quinn Appoints Stermer as Topinka Replacement

Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday afternoon named Jerry Stermer to replace late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Read »

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Willie Wilson Says Rahm Challenged His Own Signature on Petition

The mayoral candidate revealed "bombshell documents" that he said proved the mayor's tactics to keep him off the ballot are suppressive and racist. Read »

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Emanuel Touts Changes Made, Looks Ahead to Next Year

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is further distancing himself from Mayor Richard Daley’s tenure. Read »

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Quinn Calls Special Session for Comptroller

Quinn Calls Special Session for Comptroller

Gov. Pat Quinn has filed for a special session to elect a new Illinois comptroller following the death of Judy Baar Topinka. Read »

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Patterson Bumped From Mayoral Ballot

Patterson Bumped From Mayoral Ballot

It appears Willie Wilson has won his challenge to bump Fenton Patterson off the ballot as a candidate for mayor. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Topinka Remembered as Honest, Tough at Memorial

Illinois Comptroller died unexpectedly last week at the age of 70 after suffering complications from a stroke. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Rauner May Rent While Executive Mansion is Repaired

Rauner May Rent While Executive Mansion is Repaired

Governor elect and his wife have vowed to live in the governor's mansion in downtown Springfield after his inauguration in January. Read »

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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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