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Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

As the primaries get closer, make sure you're familiar with the most contentious and important races. Read »

Friday, Feb 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Berrios Crosses the Line in 39th House Race

Opinion: Berrios Crosses the Line in 39th House Race

Let’s get one thing straight, right off the bat: This story is not about Will Guzzardi. This story is about Toni Berrios. Read »

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Ill. 39th District Race Entering Rough-and-Tumble Phase

Opinion: Ill. 39th District Race Entering Rough-and-Tumble Phase

No one ever told Will Guzzardi it was going to be easier the second time around. Maybe now is the time it becomes clear just how hard it will be. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Will Guzzardi Have the Juice to Beat Berrios in 2014?

Will Guzzardi Have the Juice to Beat Berrios in 2014?

In 2012 the race for Illinois 39th District was one of the tightest of the year. This time, it could be even closer. Read »

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Guzzardi Concedes to Berrios

Guzzardi Concedes to Berrios

Will Guzzardi, who lost the Democratic primary to Rep. Toni Berrios by 125 votes, decides he does not have enough evidence to support an election challenge. Read »

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Maria Antonia "Toni" Berrios

Maria Antonia

Maria Antonia "Toni" Berrios is running for her 5th term as representative from the 39th Illinois Legislative District. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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