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VP Biden to Campaign in Illinois Today

VP Biden to Campaign in Illinois Today

The vice president is expected to attend a rally in support of Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider. Read »

2 hours ago

Durbin, Oberweis to Debate Wednesday

Durbin, Oberweis to Debate Wednesday

The candidates are scheduled to face off at a debate sponsored by WLS-TV, the League of Women Voters and Univision Chicago. Read »

3 hours ago

Former President Stumps for Quinn, Durbin

Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, saying Tuesday that the candidates focus on issues important to... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Obama Forgot to Clean His Chicago Home Before Leaving For Washington

Obama Forgot to Clean His Chicago Home Before Leaving For Washington

President Barack Obama says his home on Chicago's South Side is a 2008-era time warp of sorts, with old newspapers and unpaid bills left behind in the First Family's move to DC six years ago. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Hurricane Bill Clinton Hits Chicago to Shake Up the Quinn-Rauner Race

Hurricane Bill Clinton Hits Chicago to Shake Up the Quinn-Rauner Race

Remember when Bill "Explainer-in-Chief" Clinton waltzed into the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and proceeded to give the best speech of the election season thus far? Now embattled Illinois... Read »

3 hours ago

The 11 Biggest Quinn-sults and Rauner Rips From Monday's Debate

The 11 Biggest Quinn-sults and Rauner Rips From Monday's Debate

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner squared off Monday night in their last debate before the Nov. 4 election. Per usual in this wildly hostile, closely matched... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

The Chicago GOP's Chris Cleveland Sounds Off on Quinn, Rahm and Daley

The Chicago GOP's Chris Cleveland Sounds Off on Quinn, Rahm and Daley

As Illinois' GOP gubernatorial contender Bruce Rauner focuses attention on Democratic Chicago, the state's most powerful voting bloc and one cornered by incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, the Chicagoan who heads up... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Man to President: 'Don't Touch My Girlfriend'

While taking part in Early Voting in Chicago on Monday, President Barack Obama was interrupted at his electronic polling station by a man with a lighthearted word-of-caution. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

City Continues to Walk Fine Line on Police Overtime

City Continues to Walk Fine Line on Police Overtime

The city is once again spending millions of dollars beyond what was budgeted for police overtime. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Illinois Governor Candidates Spar in Last Debate

The candidates for Illinois governor are making their case to voters in the third and final televised debate ahead of the November election. 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.

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Ed Burke

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