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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 »

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 2:15 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Schneider Beats Incumbent Dold for 10th District

Schneider Beats Incumbent Dold for 10th District

Democratic challenger Brad Schneider beat out incumbent Congressman Robert "Bob" Dold for the 10th Congressional District of Illinois. 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 »

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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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