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By Associated Press

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Durbin spokesman Ron Holmes says nothing is finalized and campaigns were still in discussions. He says the emails didn't include one asking Oberweis' campaign if they wanted to move forward with proposed... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 2:07 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn's Deputy Chief of Staff Steps Down Amid IDOT Controversy

Quinn's Deputy Chief of Staff Steps Down Amid IDOT Controversy

Gov. Pat Quinn's deputy chief of staff is stepping down amid controversy over allegedly improper patronage hiring inside the Illinois Department of Transportation. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rauner Cries Poor on the Campaign Trail

Opinion: Rauner Cries Poor on the Campaign Trail

The next thing you know, the Rauner campaign will be claiming it doesn't have enough gas money for the campaign bus. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Last week we analyzed the demographics of those following Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner on Twitter. The results were fascinating. This Wednesday, we turn our attention from... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Quinn Declares JRW Championship Day

Quinn Declares JRW Championship Day

Gov. Pat Quinn declared Wednesday Jackie Robinson West Championship Day at the JRW Parade rally. Watch »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:53 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Vetoes 70 mph Speed Limit Increase

Quinn Vetoes 70 mph Speed Limit Increase

Bill would have increased speed limit in highways in urban areas. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Chris Christie's 5 Biggest "Quinn-sults"

If you don't have anything nice to say about Gov. Pat Quinn, well then sit next to Chris Christie! The mouthy New Jersey governor, Republican Governors Association Chairman and obsessed Springsteen fan returned... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

Bruce Rauner has loads of support in suburban and downstate Illinois, but can he trounce Pat Quinn in Chicago? Not a chance. But he's going to try. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 6:54 PM
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By Staff Report
      

Rod Blagojevich Sends Wife Anniversary Letter From Prison

In what might be the highest level of communication the public has seen from him, Rod Blagojevich sent his wife, Patti, a letter this week from prison for the couple's 24th wedding anniversary. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chris Christie Doesn't Like Democracy

Opinion: Chris Christie Doesn't Like Democracy

Maybe the next time Christie comes to town, he can check with the candidate he’s supporting to make sure they've got their stories straight on whether basic democracy is a good idea or not. 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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