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Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Rauner Recruits Black Supporters for Video Testimonials

Rauner Recruits Black Supporters for Video Testimonials

As race becomes a defining theme of 2014's hyper-competitive Illinois governor showdown, Republican Bruce Rauner—angling to dethrone Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn—has recruited African-American allies to... Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Quinn vs. Rauner: Candidates Rack Up $35 Million Campaign Tab

Quinn vs. Rauner: Candidates Rack Up $35 Million Campaign Tab

Heading into the final stretch, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican nemesis Bruce Rauner have each racked up hugely expensive campaign tabs ahead of Nov. 4's election. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Report Deems Judges Fit or Unfit for Continued Service

Report Deems Judges Fit or Unfit for Continued Service

Out of 73 Cook County judges whose names will be up for retention in the November 4th general election, the Chicago Council of Lawyers has deemed all but one as qualified to hold on to their offices. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Opinion: Kelly Campaign Stunt Matters Little in Mayor’s Race

Opinion: Kelly Campaign Stunt Matters Little in Mayor’s Race

Chances are that all William Kelly did was spend $100,000 of his own money to buy a day’s worth of the media spotlight. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Quinn-Rauner Showdown Drives Voter Registration in Chicago Area

Quinn-Rauner Showdown Drives Voter Registration in Chicago Area

Forget what you've heard about rising voter apathy—wait, there's an election in November?—because, in the Chicago area at least, more residents are registering to have a say at the ballot box, a pattern that... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Quinn's Mother Talks Governor's Race

Eileen Quinn isn’t about to gloss over how she feels about Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Karen Lewis Thanks Supporters "During Difficult Time"

Karen Lewis Thanks Supporters

Karen Lewis thanked her supporters Wednesday following news that she had been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and would not be running for mayor of Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Jazzercise Michael Madigan Goes for Cheap Laughs (And Succeeds)

Jazzercise Michael Madigan Goes for Cheap Laughs (And Succeeds)

Even Lisa Madigan might laugh at the sight of her stern, jaded father decked out in exuberant '80s jazzercise drag. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Opinion: Is Chicago Forward a Defensive Play, Too?

Opinion: Is Chicago Forward a Defensive Play, Too?

Not winning reelection isn't the only worst-case scenario on the table for Team Emanuel. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Pregnant Tammy Duckworth Retires From Illinois National Guard

Pregnant Tammy Duckworth Retires From Illinois National Guard

Illinois congresswoman and Iraq War vet Tammy Duckworth, pregnant with her first child, is retiring from her post as a lieutenant colonel with the Illinois National Guard. 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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