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Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn's 'Rauneropoly' Game Will Give You Nightmares; Chicago Media Hates Valerie Jarrett

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn's 'Rauneropoly' Game Will Give You Nightmares; Chicago Media Hates Valerie Jarrett

It's Friday! And that means another This Week in Mudslinging report on the over-the-top, openly hostile, endlessly entertaining alternate universe that is Illinois politics. Some would call it the 10th circle of... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 4:13 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn vs. Rauner: Rasmussen Gives Incumbent the Edge in Stark Turnaround

Quinn vs. Rauner: Rasmussen Gives Incumbent the Edge in Stark Turnaround

In a significant turnaround, the political pollster Rasmussen Reports has updated its projection for Illinois' governor election to give Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn the edge over Republican challenger... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Surprises Diners at River North Steakhouse

President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a closed-door fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn at a downtown hotel and a speech on the economy at Northwestern University. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Touts Quinn in New Radio Ad

Michelle Obama Touts Quinn in New Radio Ad

Michelle Obama is taking to the radio waves to stump for Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who's entrenched in a bitter re-election battle against Republican rival Bruce Rauner. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 6:37 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

President, First Lady and Hillary to Stump for Quinn

President, First Lady and Hillary to Stump for Quinn

Some big name Democrats will be in Chicago in the next couple of weeks to help support Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign. Read »

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Obamas to Stump for Gov. Pat Quinn

Obamas to Stump for Gov. Pat Quinn

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be making campaign stops in Illinois next month. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Chicago Will Win the Obama Library

Why Chicago Will Win the Obama Library

As we prophesied, Chicago stands atop President Barack Obama's shortlist as a location to host his highly coveted library and museum. The president's foundation, whittling down the field of contenders to... Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

South Chicago suburbs Park Forest and Chicago Heights have renamed two area schools in tribute to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Mark Kirk Name-Drops Michelle Obama as Potential 2016 Challenger

Mark Kirk Name-Drops Michelle Obama as Potential 2016 Challenger

Mark Kirk knows Michelle Obama's not interested in his job, right? This summer the First Lady debunked rumors that she was running for public office in her native Illinois, but Kirk—the Republican junior senator... Read »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November. 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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