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Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Super PAC Reallocates $2.5M Intended for Walsh

Super PAC Reallocates $2.5M Intended for Walsh

A conservative Super PAC based in Kansas City that was going to pump an additional $2.5 million into the campaign of tea party-backed U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, has decided to take their money elsewhere. Read »

Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM
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By Associated Press

Biden in Wisconsin: America Not in Decline

Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that America is not in decline and that the Republican presidential ticket is in denial about the improving economy. Read »

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
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By Kim Vatis, BJ Lutz

Duckworth, Calif. Rep Attack Walsh on Abortion

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who once told her Congressional colleagues about her painful need for an abortion, said she fears women's health is at risk with Republicans in office. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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By BJ Lutz

14 Arrested in Protest at Bain Capital-Controlled Plant

14 Arrested in Protest at Bain Capital-Controlled Plant

Workers at Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport have been pleading with Gov. Mitt Romney, who still owns Bain Capital stock, to use his influence to save soon-to-be-outsourced jobs. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:46 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Camp Ties Romney to Mourdock Comments

Less than two weeks out from the election, President Barack Obama's campaign quickly tied opponent Mitt Romney to controversial comments made this week by Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

Duckworth Won't Pull "Deadbeat Dad" Ads

Democratic candidate for Congress Tammy Duckworth says she has no intention of pulling ads that paint her opponent, Rep. Joe Walsh, as a deadbeat dad who can't manage his finances. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Clinton: Obama Won Final Debate

Former President Bill Clinton said President Barack Obama excelled Monday night at his final presidential debate meeting with challenger Mitt Romney. Read »

Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Election Day Off Could Cost MWRD $600K

Election Day Off Could Cost MWRD $600K

"Those who want to take a full day to work for a particular issue or candidate can take personal time off on Election Day, rather than the District awarding employees a paid day off. I'd much rather devote... Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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By Associated Press, BJ Lutz

Walsh, Duckworth Friendlier in 4th Debate

Walsh, Duckworth Friendlier in 4th Debate

A fourth debate between candidates in one of the country's most-watched congressional races Thursday night saw Democrat Tammy Duckworth and Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh occasionally interrupt one another... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Rob Elgas

Obama Eyes McCormick Place for Election Night Event

The venue is a far different one from 2008, when an estimated 240,000 people poured into Grant Park for the the Election Night rally and subsequent celebration. Read »

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