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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis: Analyzing Their Twitter Followers

Last week we analyzed the demographics of those following Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican rival Bruce Rauner on Twitter. The results were fascinating. This Wednesday, we turn our attention from... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Chris Christie's 5 Biggest "Quinn-sults"

If you don't have anything nice to say about Gov. Pat Quinn, well then sit next to Chris Christie! The mouthy New Jersey governor, Republican Governors Association Chairman and obsessed Springsteen fan returned... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

Bruce Rauner has loads of support in suburban and downstate Illinois, but can he trounce Pat Quinn in Chicago? Not a chance. But he's going to try. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Joe Biden and Chris Christie, two regular-guy politicians with big mouths and even bigger Oval Office dreams, descended upon Chicago Monday to raise money for the hotly contested Illinois governor race on... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform

Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform

It wasn't a lazy Sunday for Bruce Rauner. Pointing fingers at Springfield, the Republican governor candidate called a Chicago press conference to premiere an attack ad accusing Illinois Democrats of... Read »

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Stops Dropping Rahm's Name in Public

Karen Lewis Stops Dropping Rahm's Name in Public

Karen Lewis is getting serious about running for mayor. At an event in Little Village last night, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union boss did not directly mention Rahm Emanuel by name -- another sign that she's... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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By Staff Report
      

Karen Lewis' Mayoral Committee Files With Board of Elections

Karen Lewis is one step closer to entering the race for Chicago mayor. Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Admits Nearly "Punching Someone" at Parade

Rauner Admits Nearly

Video surfaced Monday of Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner telling supporters he came close to "punching someone" at a parade last spring. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

Opinion: How Rahm Became an Underdog

When your approval rating starts off a campaign at 35 percent or lower, you have to be seen by at least some voters and political observers as the underdog. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and opponent Bruce Rauner have collectively spent more cash this election cycle than any other governor race in recent state history. 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.
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