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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner's State Fair Day: Cheers, Beers and Steers

The unofficial CEO of the Winnetka chapter of the Hell's Angels, Bruce Rauner arrived by Harley Davidson to celebrate Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair. Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Aaron Schock Named Senior Deputy Whip in GOP Shake-Up

Aaron Schock Named Senior Deputy Whip in GOP Shake-Up

Aaron Schock appears to have made a sweet deal in exchange for supporting Steve Scalise over fellow Illinoisian Peter Roskam for House Majority Whip. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Roskam Races Against Time to Nab Whip Promotion

Time is of the essence for Peter Roskam. The Illinois congressman has just another day to drum up enough votes among House Republicans to secure the much-coveted position of majority whip in the aftermath of... Read »

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Peter Roskam Loses Schock Value in GOP Whip Competition

Peter Roskam Loses Schock Value in GOP Whip Competition

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Republican from the Illinois 'burb of Wheaton, has lost a crucial ally in his bid to become the House majority whip following Eric Cantor's ouster. Read »

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Aaron Schock Defends Shirtless Surfing Photo on "Morning Joe"

Aaron Schock Defends Shirtless Surfing Photo on

Co-host Mika Brzezinski calls the Illinois congressman "needy" for posting the insta-viral Instagram Read »

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Congressman Aaron Schock Reflects on Mandela Tribute

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock was among the tens of thousands of world leaders and celebrators gathered in South Africa Tuesday to honor the life of Nelson Mandela. Read »

Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

2014 Illinois Governor Candidates

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has several challengers in 2014, including from within... See Full Gallery »

Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 6:37 AM
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By Associated Press

Schock Decides Against 2014 Run for Governor

Schock Decides Against 2014 Run for Governor

Peoria Republican says he'll focus his efforts on running as the incumbent for his 18th Congressional District seat. Read »

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Gubernatorial Odds Making

Opinion: Gubernatorial Odds Making

On the fourth Friday of every month until the primary election, we’ll bring you our assessment of who’s leading in the race for governor. This is, of course, for entertainment purposes only. Read »

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Nothing Schocking: Aaron Considers Run for Gov

Peoria Rep. Aaron Schock says he's considering a run for Illinois governor and hopes some of the other potential GOP candidates will step aside. "The less bloodletting, the better," said Schock, who has been... 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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