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Friday, Mar 23, 2012 at 9:43 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Photos: Illinois Primary Election

Local, state and national races on the ballot as voters head to the polls on a... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Duckworth to Face Walsh in November

Tammy Duckworth beat opponent Raja Krishnamoorthi to challenge Joe Walsh for the 8th Congressional District seat, according to early estimates. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Brown Beats Muñoz for Court Clerk

"Lies and insults don't work. Today, voters are smarter than that. Today, you the voter's lined-up on the right side, the Dorothy Brown side and I won't let you down." Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 5:00 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Jackson Jr. Gets Big Win Over Halvorson

Jesse Jackson Jr. looked vulnerable enough at the beginning of the election season that former congresswoman Deborah Halvorson moved into his territory to challenge him for the primary nod. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM
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Some Illinois Ballots Too Big for Scanners

Some Illinois Ballots Too Big for Scanners

Election officials say nearly a quarter of Illinois counties and the city of Aurora are reporting that some primary ballots are too large and don't fit into scanning machines. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 7:44 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Text To Find Your Polling Place

Text To Find Your Polling Place

For this primary, the Chicago Board of Elections is debuting a new voter information system: text them your address, and they'll text back your polling place. Read »

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Brown, Muñoz Play The Dozens

Brown, Muñoz Play The Dozens

The Circuit Court Clerk candidates spent most of a WTTW debate dogging each other about moral, ethical and political shortcomings. Read »

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Early, Absentee Voting Down in Chicago

Early, Absentee Voting Down in Chicago

Early voting began Feb. 27 for the primary election that brings a new redistricting map that could help tweak the balance of power in Springfield and Washington. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 at 8:20 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Deadline to Snag Ballot Spots Passes

Deadline to Snag Ballot Spots Passes

The deadline to get on the March 20 primary ballot has come and gone. Paperwork was due 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the State Board of Elections. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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