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Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Nothing brings political frenemies together like a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Headlined by Chicago Mayor and longtime Clintonite Rahm Emanuel, the "Ready for Hillary" funders happening here tonight are expected... Read »

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

5 Illinois Representatives Headed to State of Union

5 Illinois Representatives Headed to State of Union

A number of prominent members of the Illinois Congressional delegation and a Chicago alderman are headed to Washington, D.C. to attend President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. Read »

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Meet Illinois' New Members of Congress

Meet Illinois' New Members of Congress

Seven Illinois congressional seats will change hands this year, an extraordinarily high turnover. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Lisa Balde, BJ Lutz & Marcus Riley
      

Who Won, Lost and Didn't Show Up In Illinois

Several state races for the House and Senate reached national status thanks to the talkers Illinois politics has become known for: scandal and controversy. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 2:40 AM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Bill Foster Wins 11th District Congressional Race

Naperville resident beats Judy Biggert, returns to Congress. Read »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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By Saba Hamid

Obama Endorses Three Democratic Hopefuls

Obama Endorses Three Democratic Hopefuls

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford less than impressed by the move, but candidates embrace president's endorsement. Read »

Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Four Compelling Narratives From Election 2012

Opinion: Four Compelling Narratives From Election 2012

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s disappearance; Bill Foster vs. Judy Biggert; Joe Walsh vs. Tammy Duckworth; Bob Dold vs. Brad Schneider Read »

Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Foster In Endorsement Flap

Foster In Endorsement Flap

The endorsement page on congressional candidate Bill Foster's website listed three newspapers that endorsed Foster in the Democratic primary, but Judy Biggert in the general election. Read »

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Duckworth Stands with Dem Candidates on Ryan Budget

Duckworth Stands with Dem Candidates on Ryan Budget

Tammy Duckworth joined two other Democratic candidates Thursday to call out their opponents on what they call a failed House GOP budget that would end Medicare and give tax breaks to the rich. Read »

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 11:48 PM
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By Shawna Hendrix

Jim Hickey

Jim Hickey

Jim Hickey is running for the Democratic Party Candidate for the 11th Congressional District. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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