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Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM
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By Anthony Ponce

Robin Kelly Favored To Replace Jesse Jackson Jr. In 2nd District

The 2nd Congressional District race between Robin Kelly and Paul McKinley has largely flown under the radar after Kelly handily won a special primary election in February. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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By Sophia Tareen

House Successor To Face Challenges

House Successor To Face Challenges

While Democrat Robin Kelly is widely expected to capture Tuesday's special election for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat over Republican Paul McKinley, any winner will face big challenges. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM
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By Marcus Riley

#ElectionGram: Chicago Votes

Check out your Instagram from all over the city tagged #chicagogram on Election... See Full Gallery »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Duckworth "Very Confident" Against Walsh

An "invigorated" Tammy Duckworth exuded confidence as she left the voting booth Tuesday morning in Rolling Meadows. "I feel fantastic," she told reporters. "We've been working toward this for 17, 18 months now.... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Pregnant Woman Votes En Route To Hospital To Give Birth

Pregnant Woman Votes En Route To Hospital To Give Birth

For anyone who ever thought they were too busy to vote, meet 21-year-old Galicia Malone. The Cook County Clerk's Office spotted this south suburban Dolton mom-to-be at her polling place Tuesday morning on her... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:06 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

Emanuel Predicts Obama Victory Speech

Emanuel Predicts Obama Victory Speech

"I'm proud of our President and I look forward to hearing his victory speech in #Chicago tonight. Go vote! -- RE" Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:20 AM
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By Lauren Petty

How Romney, Obama Plan To Spend Election Day

How Romney, Obama Plan To Spend Election Day

Election Day plans are shaping up for former Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Romney planned to end his campaigning Monday with a rally in Manchester, N.H., but added two more stops late in the day... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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By Lisa Balde and Anthony Ponce

Election Chairman Apologizes for 'Bumpy Start'

Despite issues, Chicago voter turnout expected to be roughly the same as it was in 2008, at 73.8 percent. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Early Voting Polls Closed With Record Number of Voters

Early Voting Polls Closed With Record Number of Voters

Voters in Cook County continue to break records for early voting, even if it's last minute early voting. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark, Mary Ann Ahern

Early Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers on Friday

Early Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers on Friday

Election Day is still over a week away, but that did not stop Chicagoans from turning out in record numbers to vote on Friday. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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