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Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:48 PM

See How Illinois Reps Voted on GOP Health Care Bill

The Republican health care bill narrowly passed in the House Thursday, delivering...View gallery »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:11 PM
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By Tom Schuba

Where’s Your Illinois Congressman This Week?

As the 115th Congress breaks this week for its first recess, many Illinois...View gallery »

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

Where Illinois Officials Stand on Trump's Immigration Order

Following protests at airports across the country in opposition to President...View gallery »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Takes Turn for the Worse; Candidates Play Wealth Card

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Takes Turn for the Worse; Candidates Play Wealth Card

Now that Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, it's time for the real games to begin. The end of summer is when election season really starts to rev up, and with Nov. 4 just two months away, political campaigns... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 3:48 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Political Attack Ads Target 'Drama'-Craving Crime Show Viewers

Political Attack Ads Target 'Drama'-Craving Crime Show Viewers

There's a reason why your primetime "Law & Order: SVU" binges are being interrupted with an increasing number of negative political commercials. As it happens, politicians' campaigns and the special interests... Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Brad Schneider Nets $185K Edge Over Bob Dold

Midterm Elections: Brad Schneider Nets $185K Edge Over Bob Dold

Illinois congressman Brad Schneider's war chest grew by $795,000 in the second quarter, bringing the 10th-district Democrat's total campaign stash to $1.9 million. 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 »

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 »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 6:22 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Congressional Races Will Be Competitive In 2014

Why Congressional Races Will Be Competitive In 2014

Despite House Speaker Michael Madigan's efforts to wire the state for the Democrats, Illinois will have three of the most competitive congressional races in the nation next year. 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 »

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