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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 »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama Surprises Diners at River North Steakhouse

President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a closed-door fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn at a downtown hotel and a speech on the economy at Northwestern University. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Touts Quinn in New Radio Ad

Michelle Obama Touts Quinn in New Radio Ad

Michelle Obama is taking to the radio waves to stump for Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who's entrenched in a bitter re-election battle against Republican rival Bruce Rauner. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 6:37 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

President, First Lady and Hillary to Stump for Quinn

President, First Lady and Hillary to Stump for Quinn

Some big name Democrats will be in Chicago in the next couple of weeks to help support Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign. Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis Butt Heads on ISIS, IRS

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, faced off against Republican rival Jim Oberweis in a frequently hostile "endorsement debate" before the Chicago Tribune editorial board on Monday. Read »

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Obamas to Stump for Gov. Pat Quinn

Obamas to Stump for Gov. Pat Quinn

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be making campaign stops in Illinois next month. Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: How Rahm Failed on Obama High School

Opinion: How Rahm Failed on Obama High School

The Obama College Prep blow-up speaks to Emanuel's shaky standing within Chicago's black community—a crucial voter segment for the incumbent Democrat—and reaction to the decision to remove the president from the... Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who was in the minority of senators voting against the Iraq War 12 years ago, says he he had "no choice" but to support President Obama's... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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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