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3 hours ago
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin Narrowly Leads Oberweis in Poll

Durbin Narrowly Leads Oberweis in Poll

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat seeking a fourth term in office, has a slight lead over Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Chicago Sun-Times/We Ask America poll. Read »

4 hours ago
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By Associated Press

Quinn: Eating Crackers on Minimum Wage Challenge

Quinn: Eating Crackers on Minimum Wage Challenge

Gov. Pat Quinn says his experience trying to live on the minimum wage for a week has meant graham crackers for dinner. Read »

2 hours ago
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Quinn’s Empty Minimum Wage Gesture

Opinion: Quinn’s Empty Minimum Wage Gesture

Fixing poverty in Illinois or across the country takes a lot more than simply skipping eating out or taking taxis for a week. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Daily Dish: Tuesday's Political Headlines

Daily Dish: Tuesday's Political Headlines

09/02/14: NBC Chicago's Mary Ann Ahern highlights the top, local political stories for Sept. 2, 2014, and it's all about the first day of school for Chicago Public Schools students. Watch »

Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 3:26 PM
Politicians Hit Parade Circuit for Labor Day

Politicians Hit Parade Circuit for Labor Day

9/1/2014: Labor Day was anything but a day off for some politicians working for votes at area parades. Watch »

Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Tammy Duckworth Announces She's Pregnant

Iraq veteran and double amputee from Hoffman Estates expecting baby girl in December. Read »

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn to Live on Minimum Wage for Week

Quinn to Live on Minimum Wage for Week

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is hoping to show first-hand what it's like to live on the state's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 7:57 PM
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By NBC Chicago/Associated Press

Circle Interchange Renamed After Jane Byrne

First and only female Chicago mayor makes rare appearance at Friday ceremony. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Anshoo Sethi, the social-climbing young con artist who suckered prominent Illinois politicians into supporting his sham real-estate venture, has been indicted on federal charges of wire fraud and making false... Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn vs. Rauner: Who Won the Pseudo-Debate?

Quinn vs. Rauner: Who Won the Pseudo-Debate?

It wasn't a debate-debate, but Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner's Thursday showdown could be classified as such—the first round in a series of public mud-slinging appearances preceding November's Illinois governor... 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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