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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 »

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 »

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 7:34 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Mosely
      

New Ad Claims Abuse at Rauner-Connected Nursing Homes

In the race for the GOP nomination for governor, a new ad paid for by unions representing government workers and educators targets front runner Bruce Rauner. Read »

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Rutherford Declines to Release Results of Internal Report

Rutherford Declines to Release Results of Internal Report

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has decided to not release the results of an internal investigation related to allegations made by a former employee. Read »

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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By Associated Press

Brady Sorry For "Insensitive" Jobless Remark

Brady Sorry For

Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady says he was "insensitive" when he said out-of-work people don't want jobs because they enjoy collecting unemployment benefits. Read »

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 6:23 AM
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By MaryAnn Ahern
      

Rutherford Employee Alleges Sexual Harassment in Letter

A resignation letter submitted by an employee of GOP gubernatorial candidate and state treasurer Dan Rutherford makes claims of sexual harassment. Read »

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:26 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern
      

Lawyer Says More Claims May Be Made Against Rutherford

The Republican race for the Illinois gubernatorial nomination continues to swirl around state treasurer Dan Rutherford and allegations filed by an employee. NBC 5's MaryAnn Ahern reports that part of the... Read »

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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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