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Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:33 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Wants Apology Over GOP "Cow Tipping" Crack

Quinn Wants Apology Over GOP

Gov. Pat Quinn says his Republican challenger's running mate should apologize for a 2013 comment asking if "cow tipping" was a job requirement in Springfield. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago

NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago

Groups supporting gay marriage and other causes say they plan to protest outside the fundraiser. Read »

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois GOP Chairman to Join Rauner Campaign

Illinois GOP Chairman to Join Rauner Campaign

Jack Dorgan will serve as co-chairman of the finance committee on gubernatorial campaign. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn, Rauner Square Off on Friday

Quinn, Rauner Square Off on Friday

It's not a debate, but the two men have agreed to sit down together and answer questions in front of more than 1,200 teachers about their policy proposals. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Illinois Voters Favor Term Limits

Illinois Voters Favor Term Limits

GOP Candidate Bruce Rauner wants question put to voters in November. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:49 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Quinn Runs First Ad Against GOP Nominee Rauner

The 30 second spot, released before Bruce Rauner even officially earned the nomination, focuses on the candidate's opposition to raising the minimum wage in Illinois. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 5:33 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Voters, Candidates Report Polling Place Problems

Voters, Candidates Report Polling Place Problems

Closed polling places, missing poll workers and problems with machines reported. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Chicago Debuts Electronic Polling Book

Veteran Chicago voters headed to the polls Tuesday won't see staffers scouring those massive books for confirmation of registration. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 7:59 AM
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By BJ Lutz

For First Time, Some 17-Year-Olds Can Vote in Illinois

Nearly 4,000 17-year-olds have registered to vote in Tuesday's Illinois Primary, Chicago Board of Elections Chairman Langdon Neal said shortly after polls opened. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 5:46 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Live Blog: Primary Election Day in Illinois

Live Blog: Primary Election Day in Illinois

Illinois voters head to the polling places Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates in a number of offices. 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.

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Ed Burke

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