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Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

If you thought last week was bad, the gloves are off between Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner as they lob toxic verbal grenades back and forth with the latter treading carefully not to step in... Read »

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin Makes No Mention of Oberweis in First Re-Election Ad

Durbin Makes No Mention of Oberweis in First Re-Election Ad

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who's seeking to hold onto his Illinois post amid competition from Jim Oberweis, has released his first political ad this election cycle. Read »

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 »

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Who Wins Twitter: Durbin vs. Oberweis

Who Wins Twitter: Durbin vs. Oberweis

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has thousands more Twitter followers than Jim Oberweis, but the suburban Chicago ice cream magnate-slash-state senator is gaining momentum on the powerful Illinois Democrat. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 2:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin Narrowly Leads Oberweis in Poll

Durbin Narrowly Leads Oberweis in Poll

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat seeking a fourth term in office, has a slight lead over Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Chicago Sun-Times/We Ask America poll. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 3:49 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Con Artist Who Tricked Quinn, Madigan and Durbin Gets Indicted on Fraud Charges

Anshoo Sethi, the social-climbing young con artist who suckered prominent Illinois politicians into supporting his sham real-estate venture, has been indicted on federal charges of wire fraud and making... Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Associated Press

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Durbin spokesman Ron Holmes says nothing is finalized and campaigns were still in discussions. He says the emails didn't include one asking Oberweis' campaign if they wanted to move forward with proposed... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Mosely

Politics Reign at Illinois State Fair's Governor's Day

Democrats try to rally the vote during traditionally difficult non-presidential election year. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

A trio of Wisconsin politicians -- Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus -- came down to Illinois with claws out, deploying insults about President... Read »

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Oberweis Attacks Durbin in 'Dick Nixon' Radio Spot

Midterm Elections: Oberweis Attacks Durbin in 'Dick Nixon' Radio Spot

Jim Oberweis has launched his most negative attack yet on U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, releasing a radio ad that compares the Illinois Democrat to Richard Nixon. Read »

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