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Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call

Opinion: Kirk Should be Ashamed on Refugee Children Call

Apparently, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk has never heard the phrase “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Read »

Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 8:17 PM
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By associated press

Rutherford Fires Three Staffers Following Investigation

Rutherford Fires Three Staffers Following Investigation

Administrators accused of faking records, engaging in "workplace harassment." Read »

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois GOP Elects Schneider as Party Chairman

Illinois GOP Elects Schneider as Party Chairman

The newest chairman of the Illinois Republican Party said Saturday the state's reputation and budget are "in the gutter" and pledged to work "tirelessly" to defeat Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats in... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM
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By Carol Marin

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Even though incumbent Pat Quinn easily won the Democratic nomination Tuesday nights election results in some downstate counties show some troubling spots as he seeks his second full term. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM
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By associated press
      

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Play it Safe In Final TV Debate

Candidates get final digs in before Tuesday's primary election. MaryAnn Ahern reports. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 9:28 AM
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By Colleen Connolly
      

GOP Governor's Race: 8 Issues You Should Know

As the race for the GOP nomination for governor heats up, make sure you are well-versed in the major issues before hitting the polls. Read »

Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Thompson: Gov. Race a 'Toss-Up at This Point'

Former Governor Jim Thompson supports State Sen. Kirk Dillard's bid in the Illinois primary but concedes Bruce Rauner's 25-point lead may be too much to overcome. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Dillard: 'I Will Be Able to Tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel No'

Dubbed one of the most powerful men in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t the easiest man to say no to. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off In Forum

Two weeks, to the day, before the Illinois Primary, the 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidates will participate in a forum cosponsored by NBC 5 Chicago and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics and... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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By Associated Press
      

Rauner Serves Jury Duty

Rauner was summoned to jury duty Tuesday morning at Cook County's Richard J. Daley Center Courthouse. 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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