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Tuesday, Nov 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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By Salina Jewell

Illinois General Election Guide 2014

November 4 is election day for Illinois residents to vote for who they would like... See Full Gallery »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis Butt Heads on ISIS, IRS

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, faced off against Republican rival Jim Oberweis in a frequently hostile "endorsement debate" before the Chicago Tribune editorial board on Monday. Read »

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Rothenberg Report Dubs Illinois' Bost-Enyart Race a 'Pure Toss-Up'

Midterm Elections: Rothenberg Report Dubs Illinois' Bost-Enyart Race a 'Pure Toss-Up'

After initially giving a slight edge to the Democrats, The Rothenberg Report has re-labeled Illinois' 12th-district congressional showdown a "pure toss-up." Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Hey, Pundits – Stop Predicting Chicago’s Mayoral Race

Opinion: Hey, Pundits – Stop Predicting Chicago’s Mayoral Race

More than five months out from Election Day, a number of political operatives and media types are already working to craft a narrative that doesn't square with some basic facts. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Sheila Simon vs. Judy Baar Topinka: The Illinois Comptroller Race Is Unsurprisingly One-Sided

Sheila Simon vs. Judy Baar Topinka: The Illinois Comptroller Race Is Unsurprisingly One-Sided

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is running to unseat Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka this November—and the outlook does not look good. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat

Chicago Mayoral Race: Lewis, Fioretti Turn Up the Heat

Two of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's most vocal critics are incher closer to making a decision on whether to challenge him at the ballot box this February. Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Rahm's Police Union Deal Gets No Love From Lewis, Fioretti

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's political allies are applauding his pact with the Fraternal Order of Police union to reportedly get Chicago law enforcement officers an 11 percent raise as well as retroactive pay. Not among... 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. As the... 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 »

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Who We're Covering
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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .