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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Scores Teachers Union Endorsement in Bitter Governors Race

Quinn Scores Teachers Union Endorsement in Bitter Governors Race

Surprise! Not one but two powerful Illinois teachers unions have come forward to formally endorse Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn for governor over Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, who's basically the... Read »

5 hours ago
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By Erin Carlson

Politico Switches Illinois Governor Race to 'Leans Republican'

Politico Switches Illinois Governor Race to 'Leans Republican'

Too early to call this for Bruce Rauner? Nobody who follows Illinois politics will be the least bit surprised by news that Politico switched its projected outcome of the state's gubernatorial race from "toss-up"... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Medical Marijuana Could Soon Be Sold Next to a Starbucks Near You

Smell that? It's the funky stench of victory for champions of expanding access to medical marijuana in the increasingly weed-friendly Windy City. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Gov. Quinn Will Have a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad October

Gov. Quinn Will Have a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad October

October is looking rough for embattled Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as two corruption investigations slated for that month could derail his campaign so close to election day. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as "Reckless"

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as

Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, Paul Vallas, unleashed his inner Rahm Emanuel while slamming Bruce Rauner's newly released tax plan as "totally disingenuous if not totally dishonest." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs $1 Billion Road Project Plan

Quinn Signs $1 Billion Road Project Plan

The Chicago Democrat approved the bipartisan legislation that also will provide lawmakers with opportunities to attend popular ribbon-cutting ceremonies in an election year. The plan got overwhelming support in... Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

Chicago Elections: Working Families Party Wants to Invade City Council

The progressive group that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is shifting its focus to Chicago ahead of a mayoral race that could see Rahm Emanuel battling union leader-activist Karen Lewis. Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rauner’s Irresponsible Tax Plan Polls Well Among Voters

Opinion:  Rauner’s Irresponsible Tax Plan Polls Well Among Voters

If there’s one trick Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner knows well, it’s telling people what they want to hear. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax "Trailer Parks" If Elected Governor

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax

Bruce Rauner handed Pat Quinn yet another opening to attack his one-percenter lifestyle when the Republican gubernatorial candidate mistakenly pitched a plan to tax trailer parks. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 4:01 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party

Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party

Once a venture capitalist, always a venture capitalist. Bruce Rauner, Illinois' Republican candidate for governor, received $853,450 in campaign donations from July 3-9 and invested another $750,000 into the... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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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.

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Ed Burke

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