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Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are taking different perspectives on how (or how not) to respond to the bloody civil battle ravaging Iraq. Read »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

White House Memos Reveal Emanuel's Agenda on Immigration, Crime

White House Memos Reveal Emanuel's Agenda on Immigration, Crime

A batch of '90s-era White House memos from Rahm Emanuel to former President Bill Clinton reveal a shrewd political mind motivated by messaging rather than ideology. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:01 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Jim Oberweis Courts Women Voters in Weak New Ad

Opinion: Jim Oberweis Courts Women Voters in Weak New Ad

Jim Oberweis is courting women voters in a new radio ad featuring a testimonial by a former employee. Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Nothing brings political frenemies together like a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Headlined by Chicago Mayor and longtime Clintonite Rahm Emanuel, the "Ready for Hillary" funders happening here tonight are expected... Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 9:58 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Sens. Kirk, Durbin Watched Bergdahl "Proof of Life" Video

Sens. Kirk, Durbin Watched Bergdahl "Proof of Life" Video

After the closed door viewing session for Senators, Kirk and Durbin both say Bergdahl didn't look good. Read »

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices' Tour Launches in Chicago With Emanuel Interview

Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices' Tour Launches in Chicago With Emanuel Interview

Hillary Clinton is choosing Chicago, her hometown, as the first destination in her book promotion blitz. Read »

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama to Chicago Donors: 'I Need a Congress That Works'

Obama to Chicago Donors: 'I Need a Congress That Works'

Making the rounds at two Chicago fundraisers Thursday, President Barack Obama urged donors to open their wallets and help get out the vote in order to maintain Democrats' control of the Senate. Read »

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

VA Scandal: Dick Durbin Vows to Put Eric Shinseki 'On the Spot'

VA Scandal: Dick Durbin Vows to Put Eric Shinseki 'On the Spot'

Hours before attending back-to-back Chicago fundraisers for his re-election campaign, Sen. Dick Durbin was scheduled to meet with Eric Shinseki at his Washington office amid increasingly louder calls for... Read »

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 3:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Jim Oberweis Snags Support of Rev. Corey Brooks

Jim Oberweis Snags Support of Rev. Corey Brooks

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis has nabbed the support of Rev. Corey Brooks, who runs the New Beginnings Church of Chicago on the city's South Side. Read »

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Anxiety-Fueled Dick Durbin Joins Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Anxiety-Fueled Dick Durbin Joins Hillary Clinton Fundraiser in Chicago

Senator Dick Durbin is boarding the Hillary Clinton-for-president bandwagon. The Illinois Democrat joins Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the list of boldfaced names slated... Read »

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