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Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Axelrod to Shave the Stache

Axelrod to Shave the Stache

During the campaign, Axelrod wagered his facial hair with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, saying he'd shave the thing off if Team Obama lost either Minnesota, Pennsylvania or Michigan in their contest against... Read »

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Why Obama Called Clinton on Election Night

Obama 2012 Chief Campaign Strategist David Axelrod gives glimpse into how President Obama spent Election Night. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 4:55 PM
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By Andrew Greiner
      

Axelrod Goes Out on Top

The campaign guru who played architect to two wildly different presidential campaigns for Barack Obama is heading off in to the sunset to begin the next chapter. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 8:39 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Axelrod Bets 'Stache on Obama Wins

Axelrod Bets 'Stache on Obama Wins

Barack Obama's chief campaign strategist is confident the president will win the battleground states. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Axelrod Not Surprised by Tight Presidential Race

While Gov. Mitt Romney is even -- or ahead -- in national polls, the president clings to a very small lead in five battleground states. Obama 2012 Chief Campaign Strategist David Axelrod denies there's been any... Read »

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Who Won Wednesday's Debate?

Who Won Wednesday's Debate?

Who won Wednesday night's debate? An informal poll of NBC 5 viewers voted 1,946 to 933 that Gov. Mitt Romney prevailed. They weren't the only ones. Read »

Thursday, Jul 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM
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By Edward McClelland

When David Axelrod Had Hair. Long Hair.

When David Axelrod Had Hair. Long Hair.

A gallery of politicians' high school yearbook photos features a number of local politicians as teenagers. Sadly missing: Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Axelrod's Former Firms Still Benefit From His Clout

Opinion: Axelrod's Former Firms Still Benefit From His Clout

David Axelrod earned millions by selling his interest in his media and lobbying firms. The Sun-Times says they still benefit from his clout. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM
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By Carol Marin

GOP Hands Gifts to Axelrod, Dems

GOP Hands Gifts to Axelrod, Dems

Moderate Republicans, the kind who count in general elections but get shouted down in primaries, are worried. And they should be. Read »

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 7:53 PM
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By Andrew Greiner
      

Hecklers Bash Rahm at U of C Panel

"Mic Check ... Rahm Emanuel ..." they chanted as they disrupted the event. 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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