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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 »

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Rothenberg Report Dubs Illinois' Bost-Enyart Race a 'Pure Toss-Up'

Midterm Elections: Rothenberg Report Dubs Illinois' Bost-Enyart Race a 'Pure Toss-Up'

After initially giving a slight edge to the Democrats, The Rothenberg Report has re-labeled Illinois' 12th-district congressional showdown a "pure toss-up." Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Jason Plummer Sends Ill-Timed Tweet About Ayers, Dohrn

Opinion: Jason Plummer Sends Ill-Timed Tweet About Ayers, Dohrn

The failed candidate for lieutenant governor and Congress uses the Boston Marathon bombing to take a dig at Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Enyart Beats Plummer in Close Race for 12th

Enyart Beats Plummer in Close Race for 12th

Bill Enyart beat out Republican Jason Plummer and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw Tuesday night to win Southern Illinois' 12th U.S. House District seat being vacated by Democrat Jerry Costello. Read »

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 at 2:45 PM
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By Saba Hamid

William Enyart

William Enyart

William 'Bill' Enyart is the Democratic Party Candidate for the 12th Congressional District of Illinois 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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