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Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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By Erin Carlson

5 Developments in Bruce Rauner's Nursing Home Drama

5 Developments in Bruce Rauner's Nursing Home Drama

As a federal trial targeting Bruce Rauner's venture capital firm unfolds in Florida, a string of new developments has emerged in an especially tawdry and disturbing bankruptcy case that threatens to derail... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mellows on Decriminalizing Pot: 'I'm Open to the Discussion'

Rauner Mellows on Decriminalizing Pot: 'I'm Open to the Discussion'

Since Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the case Tuesday for decriminalizing pot possession statewide, Illinois' Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner is seeming to mellow from a harder stance that has... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 3:15 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Second City Spoofs Quinn-Rauner Race With Rival Political Ads

Second City Spoofs Quinn-Rauner Race With Rival Political Ads

Anyone who felt mildly annoyed at the "me time"-interrupting barrage of gloomy political attack ads that aired during Sunday's otherwise perfect installment of The Good Wife is going to appreciate these new... Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Sheila Simon vs. Judy Baar Topinka: The Illinois Comptroller Race Is Unsurprisingly One-Sided

Sheila Simon vs. Judy Baar Topinka: The Illinois Comptroller Race Is Unsurprisingly One-Sided

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is running to unseat Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka this November—and the outlook does not look good. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn, Rauner Neck and Neck in Competitive Illinois Governor Race

Quinn, Rauner Neck and Neck in Competitive Illinois Governor Race

Two months ago pollsters were shifting predictions to favor GOP candidate Bruce Rauner over Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the Illinois gubernatorial race. But now, with the Nov. 4 election just six... Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Governor Candidates Trade Jabs

The Illinois governor's race continues to heat up. Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who was in the minority of senators voting against the Iraq War 12 years ago, says he he had "no choice" but to support President Obama's... Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Governor Candidates Spar Over Jobs

Quinn lauds new state job numbers, Rauner claims people have stopped looking for work. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Dueling Quinn-Rauner Attack Ads Spew Venom on Moral Character

Out-campaigned on the income inequality issue, Bruce Rauner is pumping up a media campaign to redirect focus upon Illinois' most powerful Democrats and tying Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan and... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner, Part Steelers Owner, Won't Weigh in on Abuse Scandals

Rauner, however, wants no part of the domestic abuse mess currently bedeviling the National Football League, and he declined to take questions on the topic. 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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