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Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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By Salina Jewell

Illinois General Election Guide 2014

November 4 is election day for Illinois residents to vote for who they would like... See Full Gallery »

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 »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Unleashes Anti-Quinn Media Blitz Targeting Chicago Voters

Rauner Unleashes Anti-Quinn Media Blitz Targeting Chicago Voters

The same day President Obama arrived in Chicago to stump for Gov. Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner—the deep-pocketed investor gunning to steal Quinn's job for the GOP—unleashed a trio of new attack ads apparently... Read »

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Blasts Obama's 'Anti-Business Rhetoric' in Revealing Interview

Rauner Blasts Obama's 'Anti-Business Rhetoric' in Revealing Interview

Let's assume Rauner, the wealthy Winnetka investor-turned-GOP governor candidate, is less than enthused about hometown hero/President Barack Obama endorsing blustery incumbent Pat Quinn during a crunchtime push... 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 »

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Private Equity Co-Worker Takes the Stand in Seedy Nursing Home Trial

Rauner Private Equity Co-Worker Takes the Stand in Seedy Nursing Home Trial

New testimony in the Florida federal bankruptcy case involving Bruce Rauner's former private equity firm presents GTCR as having no knowledge of its 2006 sale of a problem-filled nursing home chain to an an... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois Lawmakers Proceed With Hearing on Quinn's Scandal-Drenched Anti-Violence Program

Illinois Lawmakers Proceed With Hearing on Quinn's Scandal-Drenched Anti-Violence Program

While he gains traction in the race to keep his job, Gov. Pat Quinn is not off the hook amid lingering questions about the troubled anti-violence program he launched four years ago. Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinoisans on Forbes' List of Richest in U.S.

Illinoisans on Forbes' List of Richest in U.S.

Forbes has released its annual ranking of the 400 richest people in America, and Chicago hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin—who's donated millions to Illinois' GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner—jumps ahead 14 spots... Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Clinton to Campaign for Quinn in Illinois: Report

Clinton to Campaign for Quinn in Illinois: Report

Hillary Clinton is heading home to her native Illinois to campaign for Gov. Pat Quinn, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner Plays the Harold Washington Card; Rahm Slams Lewis' Pitch to Legalize Pot

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner Plays the Harold Washington Card; Rahm Slams Lewis' Pitch to Legalize Pot

Still want to run for governor, Bruce? The successful private equity exec-turned-GOP political candidate is learning the hard way that the campaign trail can be unforgiving—especially for a rookie. Enter the... 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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