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Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

VA Scandal: Dick Durbin Vows to Put Eric Shinseki 'On the Spot'

VA Scandal: Dick Durbin Vows to Put Eric Shinseki 'On the Spot'

Hours before attending back-to-back Chicago fundraisers for his re-election campaign, Sen. Dick Durbin was scheduled to meet with Eric Shinseki at his Washington office amid increasingly louder calls for the... Read »

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Jim Oberweis Snags Support of Rev. Corey Brooks

Jim Oberweis Snags Support of Rev. Corey Brooks

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis has nabbed the support of Rev. Corey Brooks, who runs the New Beginnings Church of Chicago on the city's South Side. Read »

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 5:57 AM
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By Ward Room

Obama Makes The Rounds In Chicago

President Obama visited Chicago Thursday for a pair of fundraisers and an overnight stay. Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Angered by Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

Emanuel Angered by Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

While serving as White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel mouthed off to Norway's former ambassador to the United States over the decision to award President Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, The... Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Why Pussy Riot's Chicago Visit Will Annoy Putin

Opinion: Why Pussy Riot's Chicago Visit Will Annoy Putin

Russian punk-rock collective Pussy Riot is traveling to another place where the winters are famously frigid: the city of Chicago, a long way from Moscow but much more attuned to the group's progressive... Read »

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michael Madigan Wants Your Feedback on $10 Minimum Wage

Michael Madigan Wants Your Feedback on $10 Minimum Wage

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to crowd-source voters' opinion on raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour by adding an advisory referendum to the November ballot. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Obama to Attend Fundraiser at Rauner Supporter's Home

As the old saying goes, politics makes for strange bedfellows, especially in Illinois. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Will GOP's Beefed-Up Voter Outreach Work in Illinois?

Will GOP's Beefed-Up Voter Outreach Work in Illinois?

It's a seemingly impossible mission, but the GOP is deploying more money and staffers in an attempt to break the Democratic stronghold in blue-state Illinois. Read »

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library: 67 Percent of Illinois Voters Oppose State-Financing Plan

Obama Library: 67 Percent of Illinois Voters Oppose State-Financing Plan

A new poll from Capitol Fax's Rich Miller reveals that a whopping 67 percent of prospective voters here in Illinois oppose the Michael Madigan-sponsored plan to earmark $100 million for Barack Obama's... Read »

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Rahm Emanuel Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has endorsed Hillary Clinton for a presidential run, calling the former Secretary of State "a champion for the American people." Emanuel will stump for Clinton at a June 5... 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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