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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, Jan 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

For Critics, Rauner’s Image Gift That Keeps on Giving

For Critics, Rauner’s Image Gift That Keeps on Giving

At today’s candidate forum for Republican governor, wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner gave his critics yet another easy sound bite to hang around his neck. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:08 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rauner and Sanguinetti in Danger of Echoing McCain and Palin

Rauner and Sanguinetti in Danger of Echoing McCain and Palin

Just like 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner wanted to choose a “superstar” to be his running mate. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Pat Brady Infuriates Social Conservatives

Pat Brady Infuriates Social Conservatives

A prominent conservative leader calls Brady's agreement to lobby for same-sex marriage "an unholy quest." Read »

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 9:34 PM
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By Sara Burnett, Sophia Tareen
      

Republicans: Brady Resignation Offers Time for Reboot

Illinois Republicans said the resignation Tuesday of the head of the state party is a chance to regroup, rebuild the base and address mistakes that led to an Election Day shellacking. Read »

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady Steps Down

Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady Steps Down

Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady is stepping down. Brady announced his resignation Tuesday in a letter to the state party's central committee. Read »

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

Walsh Talks Political Future During Final Town Hall

Walsh Talks Political Future During Final Town Hall

Defeated U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is going to have a lot of time on his hands come January. But don't expect him to step out of the political spotlight just yet. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM
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By Carol Marin
      

Illinois GOP Focuses on 'Firing Mike Madigan'

Republicans seek to take over leadership role in Springfield. Read »

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

Madigan Under "Fire" at RNC

Madigan Under

The opening of the Republican National Convention may have been postponed, but that did not stop the state GOP from releasing their latest message that will heat things up for House Speaker Michael Madigan. 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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