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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 5:56 AM
Dems Could Seek New Blood For Governor's Race

Dems Could Seek New Blood For Governor's Race

NBC 5 has learned that some Democratic insiders not satisfied with Gov. Pat Quinn are reaching out to others, including former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.... Watch »

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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By mary ann ahern
      

Dems Could Seek New Blood For Governor's Race

NBC 5 has learned that some Democratic insiders not satisfied with Gov. Pat Quinn are reaching out to others, including former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.... Read »

Monday, Jul 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Alexi Giannoulias Engaged To Girlfriend: Report

Alexi Giannoulias Engaged To Girlfriend: Report

Alexi Giannoulias is reportedly getting married and wedding plans are underway. Giannoulias, 37, recently got engaged to 26-year-old Josephine “Jo” Terlato, Crain's Chicago Business reports. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Why Obama Plays Basketball on Election Day

Why Obama Plays Basketball on Election Day

President Barack Obama has played basketball on every Election Day in his presidential run, except for one. He didn’t play the day of the New Hampshire Primary back in 2008, when he lost to Hillary Clinton. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 5:33 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Welcome to Pat Quinn's Unemployment Service

With the appointment of Alexi Giannoulias to head the Illinois Community College Board, Gov. Pat Quinn's administration is becoming an employment service for failed Democratic politicians. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 5:43 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Quinn Picks Alexi Giannoulias For College Job

Quinn Picks Alexi Giannoulias For College Job

Quinn is expected to name Giannoulias chairman of the Illinois Community College Board. Read »

Friday, Jan 7, 2011 at 11:00 PM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan, Mary Ann Ahern

Alexi: Don't Cry for Me Argentina

Alexi: Don't Cry for Me Argentina
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Nation's youngest treasurer plans to write "tell-mostly" book. Read »

Friday, Dec 10, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Mark Kirk's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Vote Misrepresented Illinois

Why Mark Kirk's
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Kirk was not only out of step with public opinion, but with Illinois's tradition of leading the nation in tolerance and inclusion. Read »

Friday, Nov 12, 2010 at 2:19 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Alexi Won't Run for Mayor

Alexi Won't Run for Mayor
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"He was trying to be respectful to the aldermen," spokeswoman says. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010 at 11:11 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Kirk, Giannoulias Meet for "Beer Summit"

Is this a new post-Election Day tradition? Read »

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