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Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Nothing brings political frenemies together like a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Headlined by Chicago Mayor and longtime Clintonite Rahm Emanuel, the "Ready for Hillary" funders happening here tonight are expected... Read »

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Candidates Cause Consternation For GOP in Schakowsky Race

Sooner or later someone somewhere carrying a party banner is likely to say something essentially indefensible. Read »

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

5 Illinois Representatives Headed to State of Union

5 Illinois Representatives Headed to State of Union

A number of prominent members of the Illinois Congressional delegation and a Chicago alderman are headed to Washington, D.C. to attend President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 6:16 AM
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By associated press
      

Gutiérrez, Schakowsky Arrested at Immigration Rally

Lawmakers taken into custody while protesting lack of action on immigration reform. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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By Emily Florez and Alexandria Fisher
      

Officials: Chicago Area Won't Feel Short-Term Shutdown

The Chicago area may not feel the effects of a short-term federal government shutdown, but if the bitter battle lasts a few weeks, many will be forced to take notice, officials said. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM
Rep. Schakowsky Unsure On Syria Vote

Rep. Schakowsky Unsure On Syria Vote

Rep. Jan Schakowsky needs more answers before she can commit to a strike on Syria. Watch »

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Durbin, Kirk Support Syrian Action, Schakowsky Unsure

Schakowsky wants more information about the scope and the duration of an attack. Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Illinois Lawmaker Supports Striking McDonald's Workers

Illinois Lawmaker Supports Striking McDonald's Workers

Rep. Jan Schakowsky shows up to support "Fight For 15," a movement to pay fast-food workers $15 an hour. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Jan Schakowsky Endorses Robin Kelly

Jan Schakowsky Endorses Robin Kelly

Kelly adds Schakowsky's endorsement to those of Rep. Danny Davis and Rep. Bobby Rush. Read »

Monday, Jul 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Jackson Illness Leaves Colleagues Stumped

Jackson Illness Leaves Colleagues Stumped

Sen. Dick Durbin said congressman "will soon have to report on his situation." 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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