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Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Judge Appoints Monitor for IDOT Hiring

Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier decided Wednesday to appoint an IDOT monitor. That was a setback for the Democratic governor, whose re-election campaign claims he's navigated Illinois away from ethical... Read »

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Opinion: Why Oberweis Is Pivoting on Gay Marriage

Opinion: Why Oberweis Is Pivoting on Gay Marriage

In a stunning turnaround, Jim Oberweis has revealed that he would support a federal law for gay marriage though he'd rather states have the final say on the issue. Read »

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM
Gloria Steinem, Feminist Legend, Stumps for Quinn

Gloria Steinem, Feminist Legend, Stumps for Quinn

10/23/14: Feminst icon Gloria Steinem Friday stumped for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, lauding his virtuous nature and imploring female voters to reelect him. Watch »

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Quinn, Rauner Focus on Women, Early Voters

Quinn, Rauner Focus on Women, Early Voters

Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign hosted feminist activist Gloria Steinem Friday, while Rauner was to headline an early voting rally in suburban Chicago. Read »

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM

This Week in Mudslinging: Bruce Rauner Is An Alpha Bully; Oberweis Is Toast.

This Week in Mudslinging: Bruce Rauner Is An Alpha Bully; Oberweis Is Toast.

There's T minus 12 days to go 'til Election Day, and no clear winner in the close battle between Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner. Both men are in survival mode. The stakes are high. This... Read »

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Opinion: Was City Duped on Interest Rate Swaps?

Opinion: Was City Duped on Interest Rate Swaps?

Activists and others are calling on the City of Chicago and the Chicago Public Schools to come clean about their dealings with interest rate swaps. Read »

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Rauner Pours Extra $3 Million Into His Governor Campaign

Rauner Pours Extra $3 Million Into His Governor Campaign

With Election Day less than two weeks away, Bruce Rauner is replenishing his campaign war chest with even more of his own money: He's written checks worth $3 million in the span of 48 hours, bringing his... Read »

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Michelle Obama Stars In Another Pro-Quinn TV Ad: Video

Michelle Obama Stars In Another Pro-Quinn TV Ad: Video

Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign has released a new ad starring First Lady Michelle Obama, this one with footage from her Oct. 7 rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Dold, Schneider Battle in Race for 10th District

Democrat Brad Schneider is the incumbent, having served one term in Congress, campaigning alongside Vice President Joe Biden, but he realizes the 10th District is quite Independent. Read »

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Negative Ads Take Spotlight in Governor's Race

In the race between incumbent Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner close to $56-million dollars have been spent on campaign ads since the beginning of the year. 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

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

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